IT remains a mystery why Christine Milne is still leading the Greens.
Any leader who presided over a 40 per cent drop in their party's national polling would surely do the right thing and just resign.
From a high of 14 per cent under Bob Brown in 2010 to a low of 8.4 per cent nationally - and worse in Tasmania - in 2013 under Senator Milne is an embarrassment.
It is the sort of electoral rebuff that most leaders know is terminal and the result of a botched campaign - surely time for new blood.
But not our Senator Milne. She is hugging that leadership pay cheque and strangling her party in the process.
This week we learned that five of her senior staff have jumped ship.
Her most senior adviser, Ben Oquist, senior media adviser Georgie Klug, policy director Clare Ozich, senior economist John Hawkins and campaign adviser Josh Wyndham-Kidd have opted for a redundancy rather than continue under Senator Milne.
Mr Oquist responded to questioning via text message: "Left on good terms but fundamental differences of opinion in strategy had emerged."
Commenting on Mr Oquist's departure Senator Milne said: "I think Ben had a view that it (the administrative structure) should be more hierarchical" - which it was under Dr Brown.
We learned through Fairfax's Canberra bureau on Friday that the "fundamental difference of opinion" was in fact a push to oust Senator Milne in favour of Melbourne MHR Adam Bandt, who is seen as the new face and new direction of the Greens.
Fairfax's Chris Johnson reported that Mr Oquist was behind the Bandt push but it was abandoned at the last minute because he didn't quite have the numbers.
It was most telling that on Monday Senator Milne and Mr Bandt fronted the media with Senator Milne declaring: "We are a strong, united team."
Within a few days, five senior staff had quit, with Mr Oquist and Mr Bandt going overseas.
Clearly, Mr Bandt had been put back in his box, Senator Milne had reasserted her power as the Green Queen and those pesky helpers chose excommunication over servitude.
It also emerged on Friday that Dr Brown might be recalled to help rebuild the Greens.
News Ltd quoted Dr Brown as saying, "I have no comment" when he was asked if he thought Senator Milne was doing a good job as leader of the party.
With the collapse of the power deal with Labor, the Greens staffing allocation will also return to normal, which means a cut of nearly 30 per cent.
But the Milne-led vote death spiral is far more than just a glitch on the radar.
The election war chest has suffered a Greens Financial Crisis of nearly $1 million due to 400,000 fewer votes when every primary vote is worth $2.47.
That is money no longer available to fight the upcoming South Australian and Tasmanian election campaigns.
So, Greens chief executive Christine Milne was responsible for a $1 million drop in expected profits.
No wonder the pragmatic young leaders of the party are trying to cut her adrift.