Oddly enough, 'tis Tony who's complaining this lttle balance-of-power shift was a mongrel trick. Sure, it breaks the Westminster tradition of replacing a speaker from the incumbent party. Tony, who knows a few mongrel tricks himself, apparently didn't see this one coming, and it puts him in a quandary: if he sacks Slipper from the LNP they won't even have the advantage of his vote in a tied poll.
Nature truly does abhor a vaccum, and if the goss round the net today is any indicator, the new gap between Govt and Opposition numbers will be quickly filled. Rumour has it that a certain Labor MP is about to be charged and will have to resign.