Former state Liberal leader Dr Denis Napthine is quietly positioning himself for a comeback according sources inside Parliament.
The ever-vigilant Michael Kapel is believed to be closely watching Napthine and other threats to Baillieu’s leadership like Terry Mulder.
Spring Street insiders point to the good animal doctor’s recent work in Parliament where observers say the seasoned and experienced Parliamentarian puts current leader Ted Baillieu in the shade.
Following the highly charged debate over the Assisted Reproduction Treatment Bill that – according to critics – enables everyone to pick up a new kid from any arts supplies shop in Westgarth, Napthine demonstrated his dormant leadership credentials with a presidential style vote of thanks to everyone who’d endured the divisive debate.
One party room noted “It was a leader’s speech, the kind of thing Ted Baillieu should be able to do but cannot.”
Baillieu still has the numbers though. But for how much longer?