DOYLE'S HALL: No wonder Red Ted is being a little grouchy this week

russellhannan It’s not without good reason that current Victorian Liberal leader Ted Baillieu is sweating like a pig in the lead-up to Christmas pork crackling season over the election of former nemesis Robert Doyle as the state’s most senior elected Liberal, as Melbourne’s Lord Mayor.

Doyle’s crew have already started to make themselves apparent in the Clown Hall and there’s one thing they have in common: they all hate Ted.

Most prominent among them is senior Kroger faction man Russell Hannan, he’s been walking the wide, plush carpeted corridors of power nostalgia in there with a confident stride. Hannan is a wise head, with a good knowledge of the City’s property scene (quickly becoming more arid than the Sahara) and has extensive political experience as a former Party president and candidate for Mitcham.

Doyle also has a Geelong connection with Kroger supporter Alistair Paterson (expected to be CoS) and Ian Cover from his lonely days after he quit Parliament and headed down to the beach for a quantum of solace, before bouncing back bigger than ever.

Ex MP and Krogerite muscle-man Cameron “Biff” Boardman, who worked on Doyle’s campaign too, has been sighted there, wielding a clipboard of authority. He voted for the leadership spill for Doyle and then lost his seat as a result, one critic recalled today.


Doyle has no shortage of advisers and allies.

Indeed, so numerous are they that some within the Liberal party are looking to Doyle and his supporters to provide the focus for setting an alternative direction to Baillieu’s in the future.

Is a Doyle faction out of the question? Powerbroker Michael Kroger and Doyle have certainly mended fences after a pause in the relationship a while ago.

But Baillieu supporters are emphatic there’ll be zero tolerance for trouble-making, one telling VEX “There’s a lot of goodwill in the Party after the reforms and support for Kemp. Many of the Doyle brigade are old-timers and destabilisers. They won’t be attracting much support. Division won’t be tolerated.”

Some of those who don’t think much of Ted think Doyle could be a very important part of the Liberal rebuilding.

Baillieu isn’t without his own allies in the Town Hall, of course. He can point to Peter Clarke, an old chum, who reputedly hates Doyle.

There’s also Ken Ong, a quite active Liberal who was elected on the supposedly non-party political Gary Singer’s ticket. Ong is believed to be no friend of Doyle either, blaming him for their poor showing in 2002 which apparently cost him his potential seat in Parliament. Ong has already attacked Doyle’s plan for Swanston Street.

But as he’s making very clear already, it’s Doyle in charge.

And while he’s taking care of the City’s $350 million budget, he’ll bide his time, build a powerbase and wait for the opportunity to do unto Ted what Ted did unto him.

Doyle’s friends tell VEXNEWS that “Baillieu undermined him for three and a half years, it’s a fair presumption that it will be remembered.”

A Kroger supporter noted that the danger is “Ted becoming even more internally obsessed, he needs to answer the question, is he going to lead the whole state party or his own personal faction. You can’t do both well.”



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10 responses to “DOYLE'S HALL: No wonder Red Ted is being a little grouchy this week

  1. Joe Hockey

    I should be in charge in Victoria too.

  2. Anonymous

    The boroondaravotereform blog advocated support for Kroger faction candidates in that leafy suburb, rather than from the pro-Kennett Boroondara Residents Action Group (BRAG) of Diane Anderson’s friend Mary Drost.

    The vote reform blog also advocated that voters should reject Labor candidates and their dummies. This is a direct plagiarism from Robert Doyle, who made the exact same claim when he was leader of the state Libs at the then round of council elections.

  3. McPerton

    The above analysis is all wrong. I am Lord Fatty’s trusted adviser. Rusty and others are just foot soldiers for the mighty Lord Fatty.

  4. Jeff

    Why didn’t I run for Lord Mayor?

  5. Gough for Mayor!

    Fatty Doyle could learn a lot from his colleague at Manningham, where the much loved Geoff Gough was returned because he continues to deliver on his promises.

  6. McPerton

    Lord Fatty, see you at Becco’s at 1.00

  7. Walter Plinge

    Geoff Geough got up? Damn – the man’s a green-tinged flake.

  8. Red Ted

    I must have farted, why does no one want to sit with me?

  9. Done unto hi, what he did to Naphine

    Why should Doyle and his Kroger faction think that Ted should not have been allowed to undermine him, did he not do the same thing to Naphine when he was leader.

  10. Anon Annonski

    There is no doubt that Doyle’s office at the town hall will come to rival that at Red Ted’s.
    Both sides won’t be able to help themselves and Brumby knows it! He must be salivating at the thought!

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