The positioning, the lobbying is over. At half-past seven this evening, the Policy Assembly of the Liberal Party will convene in Festival Centenary Hall for a gruelling knock-down slug-fest between candidates for the glittering prize of six years on the red leather in the states’ house. You even get to travel around the US calling yourself Senator where their Senators are many fewer in number proportionally and in some quarters are worshipped as household gods.
The doors to Centenary Hall at 104 Exhibition Street will be locked at 7.30pm. There are six candidates in the field and the fight night will include “round tables” of ten minutes with each candidate and following that each candidate receives six minutes to make a speech with four minutes of questions to all of the PA.
It is expected voting will start at 9.50pm for the first position and then a new vote each time a candidate is eliminated.
Faction boss and Turnbull numbers-man Senator Michael Ronaldson is expected to coast back comfortably as #1 Senate candidate with a fight to the death between caged contestants incumbent and devout Senator Julian McGauran and a well-credentialed pesky challenger in the form ex-McKinsey & Co. Oxford graduate and political staffer Ross Fox.
We will update this page with results as they come to hand.
May the best upholder of the Menzies legacy win.
In order to get the results as they come in via Twitter, be sure to refresh this page of freedom or if you’re a Twitter user get into it there. We’re not expecting a whole lot of action prior to the times outlined above but we’ll update when we hear anything interesting, like Old Man Winter David Kemp falling asleep or Ted Baillieu spewing profanities at rivals – real or imagined.
UPDATE: Senator Julian McGauran won in what was ultimately a very strong showing. Ross Fox had support from the younger Krogerites and in the final contest from some of the Baillieu brigade but in what some saw as a test of Peter Costello’s authority, McGauran enjoyed pretty overwhelming support.
McGauran’s pitch included references to his financing of country offices around the state with his own money and to the DLP that he also finances in order to continue its ongoing quest for the mistaken identity vote.
He showed the tremendous power of incumbency which still seemed to count in his favour despite or perhaps because of serving in the Senate since 1987.