McNamara served with Jeff Kennett as Deputy Premier, Police Minister and Agriculture Minister throughout the Liberal government in the 1990s.
He is understood to be on friendly terms with current Nats party leader Peter Ryan.
The former minister is part of a rising tide of conservative doubt over the Liberals preference decisions that could have the effect of electing as many as five members of the extreme-left Greens party to the Legislative Assembly, at Laborâ€™s expense. We believe that the Greens could take as many as three lower house seats, based on their performance at the federal election.
Greens party policies include massive new tax increases including federal carbon taxes, death duties and a 50% marginal tax rate, the banning of the importation of zoo animals, stripping independent schools and private health insurance of billions of dollars, decriminalising marijuana and all forms of street prostitution.
With 12% of the national vote and a vote as high as 47% in one inner-city booth in Melbourne at the last federal poll, the Greens political party is undoubtedly the most electorally successful extremist political party in Australian history.
Some of its vote is a protest vote against a government that had â€œlost its wayâ€ by its own admission and an Opposition with a strong, polarising leader and not much else. In the â€œMassachusetts of the Southâ€ (Victoria), the Greens met the perfect political settings and in our view can only increase their vote in inner-city Melbourne.
VEXNEWS understands that Labor will attempt to exploit the issue of Coalition preferences in country electorates. This is an important step. Only when decision-makers in the Liberal party associate their behind-closed-doors preference-deals with electoral loss will they be ready to shift to a more principled position.
Labor as well seems to be processing its grief after losing its heartland seat of Melbourne to an extreme-left party it once laughed at. The numerical dominance of left-aligned members in Melbourne should have been an advantage in the left-wing leaning seat. It wasnâ€™t.
They left any genuine scrutiny of the bizarre policies and curious personal history of their opponent alone. They had months to muddy up the Greens and more material than weâ€™ve ever seen on anyone in a genuine contest in modern politics.
Their candidate in Melbourne, Adam Bandt, was on the record defending shop-lifting. On the record describing the Greens as a bourgeois vehicle for communists to implement their agenda. Left-wing lawyers told us he took money from loggers, polluters and all sorts despite being preachier than Jimmy Swaggart.
Their policies included the most outrageous propositions from a â€œprogressiveâ€ point of view including, as we saw during the campaign, a commitment to abolish the World Bank, an international agency that is the single biggest donor to the worldâ€™s poor.
Labor moderates have put the Socialist Left on notice: fight for your patch or get out of the way. Thereâ€™s certainly no shortage of ammunition to shoot at a Greens politician who has set expectations so very high and will be full of excuses in three years time about why he delivered so little.