At today’s Victorian Liberal Party State Council, Premier Ted Baillieu endured a vote of ‘please stop dithering’ with none of this candidates winning roles in either the Party’s Administrative or Agenda Committees.
The once-called Kroger forces are morphing into the the ‘Faction for Action’ after the Baillieu’s underwhelming first six months in office. The Faction for Action gave a standing ovation to Manly’s man for endurance events and Federal Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott. In this speech, he compared Gillard’s carbon tax to Menzies’ battle against Chifley’s bank nationalisation. It hit the right chord for the right audience.
Comparisons between Abbott’s and Baillieu’s State Council addresses will inevitably be invited as delegates gather for tomorrow’s Policy Assembly ballot.
Many are also frustrated with the Premier of Australia’s second most populous state, spending too much of his valuable time on Party affairs, including attending Admin Committee meetings instead of delegating. The former party president finds it hard to let go but itâ€™s not as if heâ€™s interventions help his backers.
Supporters of Baillieu are irritated by the lack of respect given Red Ted. After all he unexpectedly won the State election by one seat and won the upper chamber, by one seat.
Nevertheless Red Ted’s supporters ignore the messages in today vote at their own peril, Liberal party insiders have told VEXNEWS.
Louise Staley, a Baillieu stalwart and Wannon MP wannabe, lost the vote of female Vice President overwhelmingly to Norma Wells. Traditionally the Country VP spots have been integral parts of ‘Kennett-Baillieu’ badlands. After being texted the humiliating outcome, Staley exited State Council with great haste at an unfashionably early hour. (VEXNEWS is unsure if someone drove her home as occurred after her loss at the 2000 Menzies preselection against Abbott talisman, Kevin Andrews. Staley lost her driving licence which was suspended for the usual reason … glug glug glug … then fibbed about it to Menzies’ preselectors, as you would.)
Victoria’s Policy Assembly’s results will determine the contentious Senate preselection for the next Federal election. Hard-charging Senators Ryan and Ronaldson have been active in securing their longer term futures of sitting on Club Fed red leather.
(Perhaps a well-funded Senate campaign to lift the appalling primary vote for Victoria’s Liberal Senate candidates would be a smarter pathway.)
Here are the results:
President: TONY SNELL – unopposed
Treasurer: ANDREW ABERCROMBIE – unopposed
Male Metro Vice-President: ROB FOX – unopposed
Female Metro Vice-President: Dr SANDRA MERCER MOORE – unopposed
Male Country Vice-President: PETER McWILLIAM (def ANGELO KAKOUROS)
Female Country Vice-President: NORMA WELLS (def LOUISE STALEY on first preferences)
Metro Male Admin: DANIEL BEVAN(Scott Ryan staffer)
GREG HANNAN (Stonnington Councillor)
Country Male Admin: CHRISTOPHER EARLE (Ronno staffer)
Metro Female: JANE HUME (unopposed)
CAROLINE ELLIOTT (unopposed)
Country Female Admin: SAMANTHA McINTOSH
Metro Male: NICHOLAS DEMERIS (Andrews’ staffer)
Country Male: ROD NOCKLES
Metro Female: KAYE FARROW
Country Female: SAMANTHA McINTOSH