No-one can question his credentials but many â€“ like federal MP Josh Frydenberg â€“ are nervous that Georgiou will use the powerful position to obtain vengeance against factional foes who have often publicly poured scorn on Baillieu, Georgiou and their factional group.
While it is probably overstated, the fears extend to the most gruesome of Liberal internal battles: Senate preselections. During this campaign, Senator Helen Kroger bravely took a stand against the party entering into a preference pact with the extreme-left Greens party. While her position was vindicated, VEXNEWS understands Baillieuâ€™s crew was and remains furious about her attempts to â€œsabotage Baillieu under the cloak of attacking the Greens.â€ One told us today that she is â€œPublic Enemy number one of the new regime.â€
Meanwhile in the Labor bunker, they are packing and shredding and all that fun stuff associated with losing elections. Word is that Brumby will concede today or tomorrow with leadership talk more like a whisper as the ministers in mourning reflect on what went wrong. Thereâ€™ll be lots of ex post facto rationalisation about the result but itâ€™s clear to us that â€“ just like 1999 â€“ a good government had exhausted the patience of some in the community and was defeated. Victoria has been blessed by nearly twenty years of competent, honest and growth-focused Liberal and Labor governments and to the extent state government influences the economy, they have been a force for good in contrast to the final Cain/Kirner years that nearly irrevocably damaged Laborâ€™s reputation and the stateâ€™s credit.
Unlike Cain/Kirner, Kennett/Bracks/Brumby left Victoria, stronger, safer and more prosperous than when they started and for that we should be thankful.
John Brumby deserved better than this. As we have long argued did Kennett in â€˜99. But politics is a fickle and cruel business which has got to be perversely part of the reason why we love it. Never a dull moment.
And of course the Greens. What can we say?
They got what was coming.
And the avowedly anti-Labor party also played an important role in undermining Laborâ€™s government and helped defeat it. A point Bill Shorten and others made very well over the weekend.
Whatever the results, an important thing happened during the election. Yes, the Liberals put the Greens last but something more important happened.
The slumbering Labor Left woke up. Big time.
They now know the existential threat they face.
They now know that when Greens party boss Bob Brown says he wants to destroy or â€œreplaceâ€ Labor â€œbastardsâ€ that he means it.
They now know that if you donâ€™t, canâ€™t or wonâ€™t fight that you lose.
Labor Lefties Wynne, Pike and the great new talent Jane Garrett kicked Greens butt even when it probably felt a little uncomfortable at times. While VEXNEWS doesnâ€™t ordinarily find itself in agreement with these good folk, we admire their courage under fire from incredibly vicious Greens supporters including The Age, the ABC and other institutions that have been hijacked by the anti-Labor extreme-left.
We looked at one lefty, Alex White who works for some horrible left-wing union with pics of Marx and Trotsky in taxpayer funded murals in the office library. His rhetoric, his passion and his venom lay waste to the Greens party wankers. White loves a bit of class war and he served it up in lashings against the Leftâ€™s vile foe. To say White is not our cup of tea is putting it mildly but the lad did his Socialist Lefty faction proud, we take back at least 50% of the nasty things weâ€™ve ever written about him. He really impressed.
One woman warrior stood out for us in this campaign though. Fiona Richardson.
Her inner-city electorate of Northcote gives off such a lefty vibe, VEXNEWS correspondents shiver upon arrival. Pretentious rich leftists are arriving in growing numbers lording it over the less off whoâ€™ve lived there forever, many of them tempted by the â€œGreens lifestyleâ€ where they churn out the carbon emissions with lavish lifestyles, drive SUVs bearing Wilderness Society stickers, travel overseas extensively, get taxpayer funded solar panels on their million dollar properties all while accusing Labor of being corrupt sell-outs with no values. The only word for these people is scum.
This scum finds its perfect embodiment in Greens candidate hypocrites that we exposed or helped expose during the state campaign: multi-millionaire property developer in mining boom land and barrister Brian Walters SC, coal-fired electricity executive and Myki spin-doctor Cyndi Dawes, coal and uranium mine investor Jenny Henty, nasty lefty â€œprostitutes activistâ€ who wanted sex workers forced out to work on dangerous streets Kathleen Maltzahn, the ex Farmers Federation hack Anne Martinelli who posed in pics next to do John Brumby with a fake gun and Trent McCarthy, the comic who looked like a bit of a clown when his service as court-jester to coal-mining giant Rio Tinto was exposed. None of these clowns would last five minutes in the far more discerning Labor Left. They’d be laughed out of comrade’s caucus.
When Fiona Richardson referred to them as like the â€œold DLPâ€ (in its desire to the destroy Labor) she nailed it. The Liberals are competition, the Greens the enemy, a true enemy of working people.
And Northcote is the epi-centre of this behind-enemy lines badlands territory.
Richardson demonstrated that she didnâ€™t need to or want to be a pale imitation of the Greens party to win and to even get a swing to her.
Her behind-the-scenes work of encouraging key Liberal stake-holders to push their party towards putting the Greens last was crucial and has been until now not well known. Her stealth-mode is a scary thing indeed.
In combination with a hard-hitting attack on the Greens locally, it was a remarkable effort that shocked and awed the Greens party to their mud-brick foundations. They are vanquished and devastated. But they are not going away. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.
Seen by some colleagues as a prickly, tough character, Richardson emerges from this election completely vindicated on the Greens party question and as a towering colossus of strength in a weakened party.
She is clearly going to be a major part of leading Labor back from its terrible disappointment.