One of the hallmarks of the Liberal Party under the almost 14-year leadership of Will Hodgman has been its discipline.
Rarely have divisions spilled into the public arena, with the goings on in the party room and in Cabinet largely remaining behind closed doors.
Sue Hickey was the great exception to all of this when - overlooked for a ministry - she became a party rebel in the speaker's chair.
Yet since Mr Hodgman's announcement, the party has maintained its sense of order.
Liberal MPs have been most reluctant to speak openly on the leadership contest that could prove to be one of the great turning points in Tasmanian politics.
Joan Rylah may have slightly perturbed the party hierarchy when she confirmed the three leadership contenders before Jeremy Rockliff stated his intentions.
Even so this was no great secret and, like all of her colleagues other than, obviously, the four standing, she has refused to divulge who she will support. The problem for the Liberals, however, is that like it or not - and they won't - who supported who in the leadership ballot will surely come out. After all, excluding those who have put their hands up, there are only 10 MPs whose votes will determine our next premier and the future of the Liberal government.
When the result is known it will not be difficult for those close to the action to surmise who voted for who. Then the recriminations will begin. Particularly n the North-West, but right across the state, most rank and file members - and indeed Liberal voters generally - would be wary about Mr Rockliff losing the deputy premier's gig. Arguably having delivered the North-West the influence the region needs, he has tied his fate to that of Peter Gutwein, who seems likely to deliver for Bass and Northern Tasmania, if he wins the vote. Roger Jaensch is seen to be right behind those two, but the loyalties of others, such as Mrs Rylah and MLC Leonie Hiscutt are not so certain. Both lean right without being defined as conservatives in the vein of Michael Ferguson, and both may have been courted with offers of ministries.
Whatever they decide, they will have no choice but to own their votes.