The PM is now saying that he will not remain as leader for the whole of the next term of the Parliament. It is difficult to imagine him sitting on the backbench. So, presumably, he will resign mid-term.
This begs the question about whether you should stand for a 3 year term if you have no intention of serving it out. At the very least there is a significant cost involved in having a by-election.
I do however have some sympathy with a correspondent to the Advertiser yesterday who said it was good that Howard was not going to hand over the leadership now, as the electorate needed to be able to exercise its right to kick him out. One wonders how long he will last after the election if he is not PM. Not long I imagine.
I still stand by my prediction of earlier in the week that he will go before the election!