There is extensive chatter though still about the position with Petro Georgiou still rumoured by some to be considering taking it. Others say party director and healer Tony Nutt would be a better choice.
Kapel is considered to be keen on lobbying and would be in a very strong position to do that having won the unwinnable poll. But heâ€™s making it clear, heâ€™s not being squeezed out, while Kapel is considered a divisive figure in party circles, his reputation has been greatly enchanced â€“ as it often is â€“ by simply winning.
Some believe that Baillieu is considering immediately axing the head of the Department of Premier and Cabinet Helen Silver â€“ a John Brumby acolyte and close former NAB colleague of Brumby COS Dan Oâ€™Brien â€“ and replacing her with Petro Georgiou so he can embark on a review of the public service which many Liberals believe is dominated by Greens voters, lefties and those with â€œalternate lifestylesâ€. While Petro might have some sympathy for these chaps on human rights issues, he would be an effective pursuer of those who would disagree with many Liberal policies and ensure the public service was on board.
The head of Treasury and Finance Grant Hehir, also a dinner-party lefty and one-time campus socialist, was all but publicly warned by incoming Treasurer Kim Wells to get with the programme or get out. It was an unsubtle effort and reflects the Libs desire to make sure everyone realises that a changing of the guard has occurred.
Jim Betts at the Department of Transport was thought to be so hopeless as to be deserving to be the first candidate for euthanasia under a Greens party plan to kill frail befuddled oldies.
They would do well to remember an anecdote one Labor right-winger in Brunswick once told VEXNEWS that when he was handing out HTVs at the federal election at his local booth, the Greens party volunteer was chatting with the GetUp! volunteer both effectively urging a vote for the Greens and both chatting up a storm.
At one point the Green said to the GetUp, â€œI really think I know you from somewhereâ€ and Ms GetUp responded, â€œYeah, where do you work?â€ and the Green said â€œDPC (Department of Premier and Cabinet) and GetUp said â€œYeh, me too. What section?â€ And so on.
The bloke telling us the story had more chance of walking on the moon than scoring a job at DPC. Labor was not very good at putting party people into the public service, it had a strong aversion to The Age tut-tutting about it but that didnâ€™t stop a rampaging cultural leftism in the public service that will be Ted Baillieuâ€™s first serious challenge. Many of the public service regarded Brumby as horribly right-wing and most Labor moderate staffers as a menace to be obstructed, avoided and â€“ at best â€“ placated. It will be amusing to see how the deal with right-wing hard-head ministers like Robert Clark, Michael Oâ€™Brien and upper house leadership aspirant Matthew Guy.
Even though thereâ€™s a whole Department of Sustainability and Environment, for example, in the Department of Premier there is an Office of Climate Change with dozens of very well paid staff churning through millions a year. Efforts by Labor patriots to abolish the thing were unsuccessful. Perhaps retro Petro will have more luck. DSE itself is regarded also as a law unto itself, stacked to the rafters with vegan Greens and nasty nay-saying leftistes.
Get to work Red Ted, you have defeated Labor but now the real enemy awaits you.