Environment Minister Tony Burke admits the last 24 hours have been awful for the ALP, but insists the resignation of several ministers means the party can now focus on policy.
Speaking on Friday night, Mr Burke labelled the last 24 hours as "awful" for the Labor Party.
"There's no other way to describe them," he told ABC television.
ALP ministers Chris Bowen, Martin Ferguson and Kim Carr resigned from the front bench on Friday, after fellow minister Simon Crean was sacked on Thursday and four other senior party members, including chief whip Joel Fitzgibbon, quit.
The resignations follow a dramatic leadership tussle on Thursday between Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard which resulted in Ms Gillard being confirmed as Prime Minister.
Mr Burke said with the "decks cleared" the party could now engage the public about policy, rather than focusing on internal dramas.
"I think it's clear that we can now, for the good work that we have been doing, have the conversation about it," Mr Burke said.
He did not blame debate around the recent media reform package for sparking the leadership challenge.
"I think this has been building for quite some months... At some point it was going to come to a head," Mr Burke said.
Nationals senator Barnaby Joyce said the leadership turmoil showed the ALP was "totally and utterly out of control".
"This nation has never seen anything like this before, and it's absurd," Senator Joyce told the ABC.
He conceded that it wasn't healthy in the lead-up to a federal election to have minimal focus on coalition policies."It's not healthy at all," he said.
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