KNEEL BEFORE TED: New Premier reminds potential plotters that he's large and in charge

wooldridge450 Premier Ted Baillieu’s internal talk of “reconciliation” with his previous potential foes and rivals has been quickly repudiated with yesterday’s brutal ministerial allocations.

The well-regarded Michael O’Brien was demoted although will have his hands full with Gaming, Consumer Affairs and Energy/Resources. Both Gaming and Energy are very tricky areas to manage in government and Baillieu will be hoping his potential leadership rival is sorely tested by whining pokies militants and angry electricity consumers.

Also considered shafted was Mary Wooldridge who lost the portfolios she liked and thought she’d done well with, Environment and Climate Change, but kept the potential killing-fields of Community Services where the Minister is responsible for everything that goes wrong with troubled kids. The previous minister Lisa Neville is a tough, smart cookie but barely got out alive from that horrible portfolio. Her predecessor Christine Campbell had a horror run with it too.

Both O’Brien and Wooldridge are believed to have reasonably indiscreetly canvassed support in the event of what once seemed likely to be a leadership transition after another election loss. Ted showed them and now he’s really showed them. Wooldridge is loosely in Baillieu’s faction while O’Brien is in the potentially endangered Kroger faction and had been discussing a joint ticket for generational change before Ted fired up, slayed the Greens, promised big and saved his best for last, peaking at exactly the right time.

petrogeorgiou Their card has been marked and both will be closely watched by Ted’s new praetorian guard of advisers including the feared axe-man Petro Georgiou who while soft on asylum seekers is ruthless with internal foes, as federal MP and patriot Josh Frydenberg can attest.

Federal MPs are said to be pushing very hard against Petro becoming the Premier’s Chief of Staff either now or down the track.

The other two smarting from the allocations and who – on talent – would undoubtedly have been selected for the ministry are the two former upper house leaders Phil Davis and Andrea Coote. We hear they are not pleased. And while justified in public as sticking with the team that brought them into office, a shafting is still a shafting.

They resigned a couple of years back from Ted’s frontbench and the upper-house leadership as an expression of concern at the direction of what was at times looked a ramshackle and mediocre show.

The fact they’ve got nothing suggests that there’s not a lot of reconciliation love coming their way anytime soon. The pressure will be on Ted to give them something, perhaps Parliamentary secretary positions where they can play understudy to the less capable and less diligent.

While Baillieu’s people say they had it coming and deserved nothing, there are plenty in the Ministry who are considerably less able than those two.

Some of them received ministerial allocations so light they make former Labor Community Development Minister Lily D’Ambrosio look overworked by comparison.

Plodder Gordon Rich-Phillips and ethnic warlord Nick Kotsiras are just two thought to be there for reasons other than merit.

Richard Dalla-Riva was sent something of a love-gesture though by Red Ted. He is said to be very happy with his ministerial allocation including basically being the lead government minister dealing with business. He has been exceptionally grumpy the past couple of years, including with his former mate the Premier, after being hung out to dry over false claims that he propositioned a teenage girl. We suspect Dalla-Riva will now go on from strength to strength, one of the few in Baillieu cabinet who could be reasonably considered politically savvy. He will be one of their best ministers.

The other curious message sent by the announcement was the expansion of the number of ministers by 10%. When you’ve pledged to cutting waste that’s a silly signal to send to the Greens-supporter dominated Victorian Public Service who’ll be actively resisting cuts to anything.

peterryan2 While it didn’t get any coverage from the state Gallery, VEXNEWS understands there were three drafts of the ministry allocations that went out listing the ministers before the correct version was distributed. The first version left out new Deputy Premier and Nats hard-man Peter Ryan who on the weekend was chuckling about ambulances visiting John Brumby’s residence. Many told VEXNEWS we were being overly sensitive about this, the first time we’ve faced allegations of sensitivity for some time. We still think it was off but it is perhaps an indication that Ryan – a former criminal lawyer specialising in keeping rogues from Gippsland out of jail – will take on the Hulls head-kicker role.

So whomever left Rhino’s name off no doubt had to tram it down to DJ’s for a quick underwear change. This is the full and final list. Parliamentary Secretaries to be announced soon. Who will be the first one to fall?

  • Edward “Ted” Norman Baillieu MP – Premier, Minister for the Arts
  • Peter Julian Ryan MP – Deputy Premier, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Bushfire Response, Minister for Regional and Rural Development
  • Louise Asher MP – Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business, Minister for Tourism and Major Events
  • Robert William Clark MP – Attorney-General, Minister for Finance
  • Richard Alex Gordon Dalla-Riva MLC – Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Manufacturing, Exports and Trade
  • David McLean Davis MLC – Minister for Health, Minister for Ageing
  • Hugh Delahunty MP – Minister for Sport and Recreation, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
  • Martin Francis Dixon MP – Minister for Education
  • Matthew Guy MLC – Minister for Planning
  • Peter Ronald Hall MLC – Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Minister responsible for the teaching profession
  • Nicholas Kotsiras MP – Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship
  • Wendy Ann Lovell MLC – Minister for Housing, Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development
  • Andrew John McIntosh MP – Minister for Corrections, Minister for Crime Prevention, Minister responsible for the establishment of an anti-corruption commission
  • Terry Wynn Mulder MP – Minister for Public Transport, Minister for Roads
  • Denis Vincent Napthine MP – Minister for Ports, Minister for Regional Cities, Minister for Racing, Minister for Major Projects
  • Michael Anthony O’Brien MP – Minister for Gaming, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Minister for Energy and Resources
  • Elizabeth “Jeanette” Powell MP – Minister for Local Government, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
  • Gordon Kenneth Rich-Phillips MLC – Assistant Treasurer, Minister for Technology, Minister responsible for the aviation industry
  • Ryan James Smith MP – Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Minister for Youth Affairs
  • Peter Lindsay Walsh MP – Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, Minister for Water
  • Kimberley “Kim” Arthur Wells MP – Treasurer
  • Mary Louise Newling Wooldridge MP – Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Women’s Health, Minister for Community Services
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48 responses to “KNEEL BEFORE TED: New Premier reminds potential plotters that he's large and in charge

  1. Steve Sensible

    Did you just accuse Andrea Coote of competence?

  2. Right Said Fred

    Lisa Neville a “tough smart cookie” Andrew you must be on crack!! BTW Sherryl Garbutt was her predecessor not Christine Campbell, so it actually shows that someone with the barest shred of talent can actually keep that portfolio from being a car wreck.

  3. Micky D

    What a joke! I have never seen such a list of rejects and has beens. Their motto is “Victoria on the Nose”. The rest of Australia is laughing at us already.

  4. She's no hornbag is she......

    Christ she’s as fugly as her brother.

  5. Adrian Jackson

    What is it; 22 Ministers and 12 Parliamentary Secretaries. That not a bad number of MP’s to get Victoria “On the Move” again.

  6. Cyclops

    Peter Ryan sounds less like the law keeper than he does like the Gangatono of the Coalition .

  7. Adrian Jackson

    Is that Ian Carson on Nutt’s right (your left as you look at the photo)?

  8. Maedros

    Ouch, if Gordon Rich-Phillips is a plodder, I hate to think what that makes Kim Wells

  9. Giddyup

    @Maedros….Kim who???

  10. New Tedista Empire

    Nick Kotsiras has been the shadow for multicultural affairs for 11 years and was an adviser to Jeffrey when he had the portfolio as Premier. He may be the most qualified Multicultural affairs Minister ever. Why don’t you point this out Landy?

  11. Loyal Servant

    Minister for Citizenship?!?!?!? Where do I get my Victorian passport?

  12. Madam Lash

    yes Wooldridge is a legend in her own mind…her brother got her the spot in Doncaster after a lack lustre time working for Nick Minchin….let’s see if she delivers a train line to Doncaster…hahahahahahaha

  13. Oh my god this weirdo is President of the Upper House!

    Chinese Food in Little Bourke
    French cinema, my choice, nearby.
    You raise a smile from the coffee cup

    and I proposition you.
    Another smile.
    You refuse. You accept.

    We share the night in my bed
    laughing over faces at the cafe,
    touching, loving, pretending, loving.

    Coffee, talking on the patio.
    Goodbye.
    Thank you for being so close.

    “One Night Stand”, by B.N. Atkinson in “Not Everyone’s Cup of Tea” (Jared Publishing, Donvale) 1994, pg 18.

  14. Byrne Baby Burn

    Rivers and my dad said these accusations are all true.

  15. BIG PROMOTION BALLYHOO!

    Murray Thomson should have got a promotion but B the big Ballywho ie the big boss man was right to dump Andrea Coote!

  16. Coote kid!

    When Andrea Coote was shadow ageing minister she was loved by the industry and worked well in all her other portfolios. When her was deputy leader in the upper house and manager of opposition business she worked well with all sides of the chamber to run things smoothly. She is a peoples person and a hard worker. She should be a minister or parliamentary secretary at least.

  17. ST

    Nick Kotseris left a legacy in multiculturalism from the Kennett era.

    Kennett was the genius who put boards supposedly in charge of state agencies; beefed agencies up with money to employ bureaucrats while productive delivery staff (teachers, nurses, public transport workers) were decimated, destroying services and countless families. Then arrived Bracks-Brumby, maintaining Kennett’s model.

    For the problems this led to in adult migrant English class provision, financially and in governance, see Auditor General, for Adult Multicultural Education Services (AMES) especially p 26-33

    http://download.audit.vic.gov.au/files/20090603_fraud_full_report.pdf

    In Commonwealth Hansard, the AMEP umbrella program (of which AMES is a chief provider) was detailed to be exiting only 11% of adults with functional English and only 36% finish the program.

    See also Tony Burke’s media releases for statement this was failing 9 out of 10 migrants.

    All of this for hundreds of millions of dollars in funding!

  18. My god, can the rot not get any more obvious. The governor has apparently appointed a Minister of Citizenship for Victoria… WTF? The governor must think he has usurped the Crown and appointed himself as the Sovereign, Victoria’s own king!

    There is only one Sovereign and that is the Crown. It looks like the governor of Victoria wishes to dissolve the Commonwealth and play God. One can only hope people – the plebs – start waking up to this…

    Closing point, citizens fall under the jurisdiction of Roman law. We have common law in Australia so you can piss off ‘citizens’. We are Australian nationals and subjects of the Crown but NOT citizens.

  19. James Mann

    Off topic. But does anyone think that the appearance of Prince William in Zurich to support the England bid for 2018 (as a future head of state for England) but not proffering the same level of support and energy to Australia for 2022 (for which he is also a future head of state) will be used by republicans to show how the monarchy is not an Australian institution but simply English?

  20. CR

    Andrea Coote is the biggest political embarassment in this country by a long way.

    Anyone needing a reminder of this can look through the Hansard archives detailing her hour long sermon on the evils of Mother energy drinks.

  21. You Tool

    Lisa Neville was an angry bitch who ruled by terrorizing her staff and department which is why she never received any help from her underlings. Wooldridge will be viewed as the messiah by that department.

  22. Lyn Hughes

    Will the new Education Ministers; the Early Childhood Development Minster demand teachers teach literacy, numeracy to enable students the capabilities of reading the unemployment forms at least? Will Child Protection/Youth Ministers make sure the children are protected against abuse by youth and child protection agencies (innovative jobs)? Will Minister/s looking after our state and national parks maintain them to a safe standard for the flora, fauna and public use (NO: – trail bike/mountain bike racing; deer shooting; gated – for the sole usage of 4 wheel drive clubs; blocking off areas for private enterprise (tourist money-spinning not-for-profit or ParksVic- networkers only use)? Or will this government have the same business ethics as the Brumby government…Public misuse of money; parks; and jobs for family and friends with no freedom of information because it ‘could be damaging or not in the public’s best interest?????

  23. Monarchist

    James Mann, Prince William was in Zurich as the President of the English FA.

  24. andy bult

    It would take 20 years for the Libs to get to the stage that Labor is in now. I cant believe the crap they are all saying that it was a time thing. They were just plain incompetent and stupid not to mention arrogant.
    And now they have the two junkyard dogs Andrews & Hulls in charge. Good one freddy that’s sure to be a winner,

  25. virtualman

    This is a totally bipartisan comment.
    There are some absolute crazies on this site

  26. Spring Street

    The real issue here is the reckoning coming to the Feds, whi have (mostly) been destabilising the State team for a decade now.

    Importantly, the Senators have been gournd zero on the anti-Ted agitation, and at least one has to be killed to make an example.

    As much as it woould be best to kill Michael “Ronno” Ronaldson, after just being reelected for another six year term, he almost certainly will never seek preselection again.

    This means the choice of who to use as a lesson to the rest of the Party comes to the Kroger/Fifield/Ryan ticket up next election.

    Kroger is too popular in the branches and the Federal Party room after her disgusting populist posturing on the Greens. This may change over the next year, but right now any attempt to roll her would be unsuccessful. This is also made difficult by the fact that Ted would have to find a woman to run against her – and there are no clear female candidates since Margaret’s blow-out in the State round of preselections.

    This leaves a choice of Ryan and Fifield to neck. Afficianados of removing dead wood might argue for both, but truthfully one is enouhg to teach the Vic Feds a lesson.

    Consensus is growing that while Mitch is notionally the more senior of the two, he attracts less branch-level support, a fact underscored by the fact that State Council numbers always reduce for the Kroger-Costello faction whenever Fifield becomes PAtron Senator. By removing Fifield in favour of a higher calibre candidate, it also makes it easier to push Ryan down to the risky third spot, which was lost last time.

    Some also believe that Team Ted’s takedown of Fifield will be assisted by rebel elements of the Kroger-Costello faction who are now openly disdainful of Fifield’s prancing around the Senate. Apparently the last straw for several on both sides was his effort several years ago of sneaking out of the Federal Council Right dinner early so as to also attend the wet “black hand” dinner. Both sides now view him as a lieing rat, and we all know what has to be done with rats.

  27. Remember this story, I often wonder what happened to letting children enjoy looking at turtles. http://tinyurl.com/27yn3h5 It was the classic David and Goliath battle and DSE won. Let’s hope that Ryan Smith MP can tackle the DSE beast as the new Minister for Environment and Climate Change.

  28. Rivers

    There is something wrong with the Victorian Ministry: I am not in it.

  29. Coote kid!

    Where can you get a list of the parliamentary secretaries?

  30. McPerton

    It is a ‘B’ grade list of misfits without the skills of myself and Fatso Doyle.

  31. Boofa Leigh

    How about a Ministry for men’s affairs? I know somone who could devlop some really BIG policies here….

    Just think if I hadn’t been Munted in 2002 I could have been Transport Minister in 2010! Sorry, hands back on table….

  32. Sister city

    short con attacks on integrity of Peter s and other feeney backed darebin councillors is scrapping the bottom. Local labor unity operators know that Chinese sister city paid for trips and no council funds were used for councillors.

  33. Angela

    Michael O’Brien should be put in charge of backroom backdoor deals with the Greens.

  34. President Poet Goose

    Read my awesome poetry on page 27 of the Sunday Herald Sun.

  35. Manclaren

    What has Arthur got that I haven’t?

    I’d like to see HIM eat a whole wedding cake.

  36. Cyclops

    Goose’s ego will be difficult for Ted Baillieu to manage. He will want to prove his independence somewhere down the line, and this will leave the Baillieu forces shuddering. If Rivers were installed as President, at least there would be some hope of controlling him.

  37. Jennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

    All of us that voted for Ted Baillieu will continue to love Ted Baillieu regardless,none of us that voted him in would have no reason to vote him out.

  38. Far-Rightie

    Leaving a real talent like Phil Davis out of the Ministry after all the years of heavy-lifting is testament to the influence of Peter Ryan

  39. Cyclops

    Goose would have made a much better Trade Mission appointee than a President. By contrast, Phil Davis commands presence and respect and would make a far better President.

  40. Coote Kid!

    If Andrea Coote is as bad as some in their comments have made out, then why did Ted Baillieu make her Parliamentary Secretary for Families and Community Services? They only person not to have a shadow portfolio in opposition promoted after the election?

  41. Jennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

    I can’ t be proven wrong on this one Ted Baillieu will turn out to be the best premier that this state has ever had you just wait and see. As for the younger voters are really going to look up to him.
    LONG LIVE TED.

  42. Wear a rash top, Ted!

    Ted seems to talk alot about fitness but that was one flabby apron that I saw as he went for his iceberg swim recently. Ted is one of those guys who looks better with his clothes on.

  43. Cyclops

    Get off Ted’s back.

    More than half the voting population is overweight, and comprised of suburban & country mums and dads .

    They are real people, they vote, they have kids who vote, and don’t have the time or money to be preening themselves like peacocks.

    Get real and good on Ted for not being paranoid to contnue doing what he enjoys doing.

  44. Jennnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

    That’s right Cyclops you tell em’ how dare they pick on our beloved going to be long lived premier Ted Baillieu it’s not fair they should all GET OFF TED’S BACK. And don’t you worry Cyclops everyone of us that voted for Ted Baillieu will always continue to vote for Ted Baillieu no matter what and you would totaly agree with me on this one Ted would not do anything to upset none of us voters at all including yourself he is 100% trust worthy. And yes that at least 8 of of 10 people who are overweight would vote liberal anyway just like me and yourself and good on us. And belive you me there are one hell of a lot more Liberal voters out there they out number the green and labor voters by a long long long long shot no worries about that. And how right that you are GET REAL ON TED AND GET OFF HAS POOR BACK. And i know this for sure Cyclops at least i know that i’ll never see a nasty Ted Baillieu comment from you. You are a life long TED BAILLIEU & Liberal supporter just like me and we both say LONG LIVE TED.

  45. Jennnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

    Come on everyone get on LONG LIVE TED, LONG LIVE TED, LONG LIVE TED, LONG LIVE TED, LONG LIVE TED, LONG LIVE TED, LONG LIVE TED.

  46. Anon

    Is Jennnnnn….Jenny Matic? Grovelling, infantile, delusional Jennnnnnn?

  47. Giuseppe De Simone

    The choice of a ministry is difficult when there is so much talent (just ask Ted). It is even more difficult when there is so little talent (just ask Julia). With the two biggest States and the fastest growing State having Liberal Governments by mid-2011, there is little doubt that the Federal Government will have to adjust its policies and priorities at the COAG meetings (are they still called COAG or is it some other nomenclature – I prefer the old term of Premiers’ Conferences).

  48. After 3 weeks, the new team shaping up well!

    Edward “Ted” Norman Baillieu MP – Premier, Minister for the Arts
    Peter Julian Ryan MP – Deputy Premier, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Bushfire Response, Minister for Regional and Rural Development
    Louise Asher MP – Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business, Minister for Tourism and Major Events
    Robert William Clark MP – Attorney-General, Minister for Finance
    Richard Alex Gordon Dalla-Riva MLC – Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Manufacturing, Exports and Trade
    David McLean Davis MLC – Minister for Health, Minister for Ageing
    Hugh Delahunty MP – Minister for Sport and Recreation, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
    Martin Francis Dixon MP – Minister for Education
    Matthew Guy MLC – Minister for Planning
    Peter Ronald Hall MLC – Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Minister responsible for the teaching profession
    Nicholas Kotsiras MP – Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship
    Wendy Ann Lovell MLC – Minister for Housing, Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development
    Andrew John McIntosh MP – Minister for Corrections, Minister for Crime Prevention, Minister responsible for the establishment of an anti-corruption commission
    Terry Wynn Mulder MP – Minister for Public Transport, Minister for Roads
    Denis Vincent Napthine MP – Minister for Ports, Minister for Regional Cities, Minister for Racing, Minister for Major Projects
    Michael Anthony O’Brien MP – Minister for Gaming, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Minister for Energy and Resources
    Elizabeth “Jeanette” Powell MP – Minister for Local Government, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
    Gordon Kenneth Rich-Phillips MLC – Assistant Treasurer, Minister for Technology, Minister responsible for the aviation industry
    Ryan James Smith MP – Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Minister for Youth Affairs
    Peter Lindsay Walsh MP – Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, Minister for Water
    Kimberley “Kim” Arthur Wells MP – Treasurer
    Mary Louise Newling Wooldridge MP – Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Women’s Health, Minister for Community Services

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