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(countable noun) Usage note: This is the usual term used by all speakers.
When a politician leaves their job, the positions below them may become vacant. This is called a ‘spill’.
Example: Mr Rudd was forced to challenge after Julia Gillard earlier called his bluff, declaring she would call a spill for the leadership positions of the party. (http://au.news.yahoo.com/queensland/a/-/article/17760426/rudd-sworn-in-as-pm-gillard-takes-place-on-backbench/)
Parliament House in Canberra, the scene of several leadership spills
(photo by PhillipMinnis)