Victorian Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu has battled the contempt of his party organisation and its dominant Kroger/Costello faction for most of his time and just as he enjoys opinion polls that show he is on the verge of winning state government, serious health rumours about him are circulating in the party.
At a Clem Newton-Brown fundraiser about town planning at Gary Morganâ€™s building this morning, a number of attendees noticed that his hands were shaking and trembling involuntarily and not while he was addressing the group.
Baillieu is certainly fit, in the Tony Abbott mould of athletic politicos, but VEXNEWS understands that the Leaderâ€™s office has fended off press queries about his shaking hands before. They have emphatically denied there is an issue.
Medical experts consulted by VEXNEWS this morning were reluctant to diagnose Baillieu from a distance but some believe it is symptomatic of serious medical conditions including Parkinsons disease.
Our informant insisted the shaking was persistent and not at all consistent with Melbourneâ€™s currently chilly weather as the venue was kept warm.
The gathering this morning titled â€œPlanning Beyond 2030â€ was â€œpacked out with bitter old crones who hate developersâ€ according to one fly on the wall.
Other Liberals are saying that Baillieu has many of the characteristics of former Prime Minister Rudd in that he is prone to explosive bursts of bad temper and that in his youth he was commonly referred to as â€œBonkersâ€ Baillieu in the Portsea set. It is unknown whether those symptoms are related to the shaking hands noticed this morning.