Tony Snell has been elected President of the Victorian division of the Liberal party unopposed. Liberal insiders say many think Snell is an independently-minded slightly pro-Costello operator. But some tell VEXNEWS that heâ€™s tricky and will be keen to make nice with Premier Baillieu and his Rasputin, Petro Georgiou, the former federal Liberal MP who is thought to wield a domineering influence over Victorian government decisions despite not being elected and holding down no official position of responsibility.
Snell made his pile â€“ many millions it is believed â€“ from being a partner at the legal millionaire factory Mallesons, coming into his own during the Kennett era where the firm was one of that governmentâ€™s favoured legal pets.
He is thought to be very bright and with plenty of rich bloke time on his minds now that he is basically semi-retired and has got stuck into post-graduate studies and will now potter around the Liberal party garden.
He might even have time to pop into the Tolarno Galleries at Liberal HQ 104 Exhibition Street where highly controversial artist Bill Henson is exhibiting a few teen and pre-teen nudes (all in the name of art). Some of Hensonâ€™s work can cost $30,000 a throw even though many of the images would probably be unlawful if produced by anyone else.
Observers say the Admin Committee will be very interesting as the Victorian Liberals settle back into being in government after the initial shock that Ted had a victory in him. At the end of the new Admin Committeeâ€™s term, federal preselections will be due including a widely anticipated grudge match between Senator Helen Kroger and factional brother turned possible foe Scott Ryan over positioning on the Senate ticket. Looks like #3 will be reasonably safe so weâ€™re not really sure what the fuss is about and many others share our view.
I set out below details of nominations received for the following positions:
Vice President â€“ Metro (Male)
Vice President â€“ Metro (Female)
Dr Sandra Mercer Moore, AM
Vice President â€“ Country (Male)
Vice President â€“ Country (Female)
Administrative Committee â€“ Metro (Male)
Ross Fox *
Administrative Committee â€“ Metro (Female)
Administrative Committee â€“ Country (Male)
John Van Beveren
Administrative Committee – Country (Female)
State Assembly – Metro (Male)
State Assembly â€“ Metro(Female)
Caroline Elliott **
Jane Hume **
State Assembly – Country (Male)
John Van Beveren
State Assembly – Country (Female)
Agenda Committee â€“ Metro (Male)
Agenda Committee – Metro (Female)
Agenda Committee – Country (Male)
John Van Beveren
Agenda Committee â€“ Country ( Female)
* Indicates elected unopposed to the senior office of State Vice-President and thus the Administrative Committee
** Indicates elected to the Administrative Committee and thus State Assembly
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In addition candidates are reminded that they may, under Clause 11.17 (e) request a copy of the delegates list by writing to me via Julie Reid, Manager, Membership Services firstname.lastname@example.org.
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