Victorian Liberal party leader Ted Baillieu has defended naked child photographer Bill Henson and the school principal who let him scout for new talent at a primary school last year.
“From my observation the principal is well supported by the school community. Bill Henson, in my observation, is a responsible and intelligent and reputable artist, and to the extent of all the detail of this, I’d like to know actually what happened rather than simply being critical.”
In a further embrace of his inner leftiste, Baillieu has again given an exclusive story to The Age about the inner-workings of his Liberal party. Ted generously gave the yarn to his chum Paul Austin.
It was good news though with Baillieu appearing to finally come out to bless the Kemp reforms to party decision-making as long as his bloc of supporters in the party room have their preselection protected.
Baillieu’s support was considered vital for there to be any chance of the proposal surviving the trial by ordeal of the State Council where many of the Liberal blue rinse brigade presiding over branch fiefdoms will be invited to vote themselves out of power.