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ACTION WINS: Red Ted’s candidates hit the fence they’re sitting on

bucketAt 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 it’s not as if he’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)

                               JOHN GAULT

Metro Female:          JANE HUME (unopposed)

                       CAROLINE ELLIOTT (unopposed)

Country Female Admin: SAMANTHA McINTOSH

                                   ROBIN COX


Metro Male: NICHOLAS DEMERIS (Andrews’ staffer)

Country Male: ROD NOCKLES 

Metro Female: KAYE FARROW



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  1. That’s 5 Ted Baillieu votes on Admin Versus 10 against – a marginal improvment in the Bailieu position with pro Baillieu supporters occupying 2 key admin positions.

    Each year, Baillieu’s position with strengthen.

    He does not need to agitate or organise – it’s a natural process in the Liberal Party.

    The auditorium was full because of the State Liberal Parliamentary win in Nov 2010.

    Posted by Anon | May 28, 2011, 23:35
  2. Sorry above anon, ted was shellecked

    Posted by Wotever | May 29, 2011, 0:39
  3. Hey Landy,

    You missed the disintegration of the Liberal Feds.

    You need a new, less lazy, investigations unit. Have a happy weekend.

    Posted by Pucker | May 29, 2011, 2:24
  4. Judging by recent comments on this site, Cardinal Pell can provide a bolthole for Brother Abbott when the Libs purge him from the leadership;

    Joe Hockey is deep in ‘No Man’s land’, where many fatalities occur in political infighting. General Ratko Turnbullic might still win the day, although some Libs would rather die than let this happen.

    Lib chief whip Warren ‘punish me I done wrong’ Entsch is probably buggared.

    Posted by Fark | May 29, 2011, 3:14
  5. Approximately how many delegates were present at this State Council? State Councils in the late 1990’s used to get 900 delegates but the numbers started dropping in the 2000’s.

    Big Ted is Premier so it does not matter to much who is on the various committees as State Council decisions are not binding on the Parliamentary Party unlike the ALP and Greens decisions.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | May 29, 2011, 12:24
  6. A very monocultural Administrative Committe again. I thought they said that the Liberals represent all Australians.

    Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2011, 12:26
  7. Over 1000 attended Adrian.

    Posted by Attendee | May 29, 2011, 12:36
  8. Anonymous – yes most of the names look very Anglo-Saxon but is multicultural Labour any better. Vexnews is full of stories about ethnic corruption in some ALP branches and our multi cultural ALP Commonwealth Government is not doing very well either.

    I do not recognise many of the names since I left the Liberals in 2003 except for T Snell, L Staley, and K Farrow (Melbourne Ports).

    Attendee – What is the membership of the Victorian Division now? When I left I think it was about 10,000 down from 20,000 a few decades earlier

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | May 29, 2011, 15:43
  9. you underestimate the power of JUdith Troeth and Petro Georgio. They are letting you hard right people get fat and lazy before slaughtering you with a night of the long ballieu knives. The moderates will win the day and I shall be Queen.

    Posted by The Moderate Princess | May 29, 2011, 15:43
  10. Ted perhaps it should be personal because both you and Gillard often come over as so very alike in your views! You in Victoria in helping to enact the most punitive hit to the innocent unborn, our future, the next generation,and she Gillard in quaffing champagne after the RU486 vote passed!Now Ted the late term abortion rate had gone up 600 percent in Victoria so what are you doing about that? Similarly what is Gillard doing about the increased use of RU 486 and the at times resultant damage – nothing!
    So Ted its no wonder you are at times called Red Ted! You should stand up and differ from Gillard and not throw your arm around her like you did when Oprah came! We dont want you treating Gillard like she is your long lost comrade in in arms! We want leadership! So Ted repeal that regressive Abortion Act 2008 and help to save the lives of the 400 plus innocent Victorian unborns that are being aborted every week !

    Posted by RED TED and The Fish- Gill - ard | May 29, 2011, 16:12
  11. Adrian,
    900 people didn’t attend back in the day. The size of Council grew by around 500 following the so-called “Kemp” reforms.
    Hence the size of council now is some twice the size of what it used to be.
    Good try though old man.

    Posted by Anon | May 29, 2011, 16:31
  12. The triumph of Demeris and Bevan fills me with impotent rage. How can those Neanderthals continue to triumph. First they took the MULC, now they beat us in State Council and soon they will take ALSF. Its not fair, why don’t people appreciate my obvious talents and sparkling personality. At least we still have the Caulfield YL’s.

    Posted by Hannah Rozner | May 29, 2011, 17:30
  13. Did State Council pass any meaningful resolutions like the need to build an industrial scale power plant or two (nuclear or solar) or to withdraw the Battle Group from Afghanistan before more soldier are blown to bits for nothing

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | May 29, 2011, 18:54
  14. Demeris is on his way to being Chief of Staff to the next Liberal Prime Minister: Andrews.

    Posted by anon | May 29, 2011, 19:45
  15. The only thing “impotent” is a candidate for metro male who gets beaten by a no-name despite being no.1 on both factions tickets in the weakest field for a decade.

    Posted by Jack | May 29, 2011, 20:44
  16. I am a respected political strategist. I know all there is to know about securing outcomes in State Council elections.

    Does Premier Baillieu require a paid consultant?

    Posted by Shambles | May 29, 2011, 21:20
  17. JANINE COHEN: Ballot papers mailed from Liberal Party headquarters direct to council delegates are supposed to be filled out, signed and returned in the post direct to the secretariat. Both conservative and moderate Liberals say the right faction is highly organised and often mass collects ballot papers. Former right faction members have told Four Corners that David Clarke has overseen the collection of blank ballots along with key factional strategist, Nick Campbell. Nick Campbell is the Urban Vice President on the current State Executive.

    IRFAN YUSUF, NSW LIBERAL STATE COUNCIL (1996-2000): When State Executive elections came along, David Clarke’s role was largely to play a key role in organising the collection of the blank ballot papers from State Council delegates who had a vote on the State Executive ballot. Nick Campbell also played a key role in collecting blank ballot papers for the State Executive elections. He was working closely with David Clarke, he had his laptop with him. He would literally have a list of all the delegates including those who were on our side who were a bit soft and he would assign people to approach certain people to collect their ballot papers.

    JANINE COHEN: Liberals say Campbell and Clarke held right-wing factional meetings at a number of venues over the years, including the Burwood RSL Club and the Lithuanian Club in Bankstown where the collection of blank ballot papers was discussed.

    IRFAN YUSUF, NSW LIBERAL STATE COUNCIL (1996-2000): There was a bit of an argument as to whether it should be blank ballots. And eventually it was agreed, yeah – it was blank ballots that should be collected and not just sealed envelopes signed.

    JANINE COHEN: David Clarke would not agree to an interview for this program conducted under standard ABC guidelines. Neither he nor Nick Campbell responded to questions about the collection of blank ballots.

    Posted by The Right Stuff | May 29, 2011, 21:31
  18. the stuff about Louise S is funny because it’s true!

    Posted by bravo | May 30, 2011, 10:23
  19. AJ – you look pathetic. You don’t like the Liberal party, we get it. We don’t like you either.

    Posted by lolol | May 30, 2011, 11:36
  20. lolol (your real name?). Who is we and who are you?

    Between 1994 and 2003 I was a Middle Park Branch Secretary, St Kilda Branch President (I was asked to help get St Kilda organised and constitutional which I did), Albert Park Electorate Council Secretary, Melbourne Ports Policy Assembly Delegate and I was on the Defence, Foreign Affair and Trade Committee in Victoria.

    As well as all the election time stuff like both captain, poster placement, leafleting etc.

    Not a bad effort for 9 years work as a Liberal member in between running my small business

    If Melbourne Ports cant bet Michael Danby next federal election with Gillard (or Combet)and Co being on the nose and after the Liberal success in Victoria in the state election they never will.

    Southwick in Caulfield did very after the Shardey mess, Prahran went back to the Liberals, Brighton remained strong Liberal while in Albert Park (ALP since about 1951) the Liberal got 38% and ALP got 30% of the primary vote (Labour won on Greens preferences)

    These state electorates cover Melbourne Ports area so how difficult can it be nasty fat Cath Kraine and Co to win Melbourne Ports for the first time in 106 years?

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | May 30, 2011, 15:36
  21. Thanks for the encouragement, Adrian

    Look forward to seeing you actively handing out leaflets/door knocking etc. during the next Melbourne Ports campaign.

    Posted by Cam Andrews - Chair Melbourne Ports FEC | May 30, 2011, 16:52
  22. Join the fight http://on.fb.me/lI5UVi #springst #auspol

    Posted by annon | May 30, 2011, 16:55
  23. Admin Committee is full of light weights – much more so now than in recent years. Kemp’s departure along with the Nutty Professor will be missed.

    Louise Staley would have added some intellectual analysis or at least original thought to Admin. Norma Wells – liked and hardworking but hardly A grade.

    Snell – liked but never sticks his neck out – in short a wimp.

    Abercrombie – very lightweight compared with immediate predecessors.

    Sandra Mercer-Moore – perhaps the smartest behind the scenes operator.

    Fox – token pretty boy

    John Gault – liked, smart and outspoken, he’s a big plus.

    Samantha McIntosh – Miss Flirty – at least she’s ambitious

    Peter McWilliam – will tow whatever line is peddled by the majority

    Chris Earle – he’s there to spy for Ronno

    Jane Hume – not going to rock the boat but has some brains

    Caroline Elliott – she’s made an effort to appeal to all groupings.

    Posted by Observer of things liberal | May 30, 2011, 17:44
  24. Danby will never lose MPorts. The demographics suit him and the Libs should give up on the idea it can win it. Adrian – you are a complete and utter bore

    Posted by bravo | May 30, 2011, 17:45
  25. imho, Ted and the ministerial team performed well (above expectations) at the Council. keep it up and we’ll win in 2013.

    Posted by Southern Lib | May 30, 2011, 18:44
  26. Cam Andrews – I will be putting Danby last on the ballot as usual but Melbourne Ports, when Mike Kabos was Chairman, did not like my opposition to the proposed murderous invasion of Iraq in 2002/03 or my opposition to the Israel oppression of the Palestinians.

    I was suspended for 12 months in Jun 2003 by a Victorian Division HQ kangaroo court but I resigned next day and never rejoined the party.

    In the last state election I did hand out leaflets but it was for an independent who got 10% of the vote. Could explain partly why Foley in Albert Park District got only 30% of the primary vote.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | May 30, 2011, 18:53
  27. The revolting Libs have returned to form with their chop this, chop that policies. Petty economies, while profiting the big end of town. What a bunch of useless, undemocratic grubs. They should have been left in the political wilderness for another fifty years. The god-awful Brumby government handed them Victoria on a platter.

    Posted by Stabbed in the back voter | May 31, 2011, 1:36
  28. I am working hard on Danby losing preselection from within. His office has become ineffective and disconnected from the community. MPorts will be the first inner city club fed electorate to fall. Not even the Greens can save him.

    Posted by Jonathan Taliban | May 31, 2011, 9:00
  29. Dear Observer of things liberal,

    You lament that the Admin Committee is full of light weights. At least we can rely on pretty boy Ross Fox to work his heart out on the Admin Committe by trying to bed every female member of the Liberal Party, both young and old. It should make for an interesting spectacle!

    Posted by I love a good soap opera | May 31, 2011, 11:12
  30. Brumby and Bracks explains why Foley got 30% of the vote Adrian, not Serge.

    Posted by Anon | May 31, 2011, 12:16
  31. While I would always vote for a genuine Liberal Party candidate first, I quite like Michael Danby. He stood up for democracy against the trots running the Australian Union of Students so he will always be a true patriot. He also appreciates that there can be peace in the world without a solution in the middle east that recognises Israel’s right to exist within secure borders. Danby didn’t just articulate for freedom and democracy from the safety of an arm-chair. He fought in student elections and risked personal harm and politically inspired violence against him. He was attacked and hospitalised. He never waivered in his fight to give students an authentic voice.

    Sure, he has assisted in a bit of over-exuberant membership development and has done deals on the ALP right to get preselected and keep his bottom ensconced on the green leather, but he is no worse than many others and better than most.

    This is an unsolicited compliment for him. I know Danby thinks I’m an idiot – some people who have sworn a blood oath not to agree with him on anything may well make an exception in this case.

    Posted by Giuseppe De Simone | May 31, 2011, 13:06
  32. oops typo:

    “there can NEVER be peace in the world without a solution in the middle east that recognises Israel’s right to exist within secure borders.”

    Not Freudian! Just poor sub-editing.

    Posted by Giuseppe De Simone | May 31, 2011, 13:08
  33. Another reason to like Danby is that Adrian Jackson is so viscerally enraged by being a constituent in his electorate.

    Without Danby and his Zionist friends to attack, what would Adrian do with his life?

    Posted by Giuseppe De Simone | May 31, 2011, 13:11
  34. You will notice that I have pointedly kept out of the ill-informed debate about factions in the Liberal Party. There appears to be a misguided view that somehow the Premier is out to get certain volunteers who serve in honorary capacities on the Liberal Party’s administrative bodies. I am certain that the people elected on Saturday and Sunday won on merit and because of popular support amongst the delegates and there was no improper attempt to influence delegates to vote in a particular way. I congratulate the incoming Administrative Committee including the new President and wish them well in their task of guiding the Party and preparing it to win back seats at the Federal election due in 2013.

    Posted by Giuseppe De Simone | May 31, 2011, 13:17
  35. Giuseppe I agree. The removal of Danby is my lifes work locally. However there are some nice MP’s locally (Southwick, Asher, Newton Brown, Coote, Davis, Penicuik) but they are not ALP ex union dregs like Danby or Foley

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | May 31, 2011, 14:40
  36. Fox – I thought he was gay? The Liberal Party has many members who are gay.

    Posted by Anon | June 1, 2011, 1:22
  37. Just wanting clarification: Surely all these people who are staffers or in the case of Simon Kroger family members,that were elected onto the State Assembly are ineligible to vote in Senate Pre-selection, as that is pushing the boundaries!

    Posted by Ellen | June 1, 2011, 13:57
  38. My dear Adrian

    I had an Andrew JACKSON from the Queensland DLP attack me when I defended Tony Abbott.

    That was weird for a moment until I re-read it.

    Your list of nice MP’s locally consists entirely of Liberal Party members. That’s “nice” to know. I also regard Liberal MP’s generally as being much nicer than ALP MP’s.

    Even Danby would shudder to put “nice” as an adjective in front of his name. He would have no trouble with the adjectives: principled, determined, courageous, tough.

    I don’t think we should elect people to parliament on the basis of their niceness quotient. We should elect them based on their values/principles and integrity. As a socially engaged economic libertarian, I would add also that I prefer those with an ability to sleep through parliament so they don’t pass any new laws.

    Posted by Giuseppe De Simone | June 1, 2011, 14:39
  39. Fox bats for both teams.

    Posted by Dr Bob | June 1, 2011, 15:13
  40. What, Jeffista and Krogerite?

    Posted by Anon | June 1, 2011, 15:35
  41. No Fox is a Krogerite. It is his romantic life that is more colourful, as he enjoys dating both men and women.

    Posted by Dr Bob | June 1, 2011, 18:10
  42. Why the fuck does that matter? Is being gay an obstacle to being on admin Dr Bob?

    Posted by Larry Longprong | June 1, 2011, 19:29
  43. What evidence is there for that?

    Posted by Liberal onlooker | June 1, 2011, 20:42
  44. Who cares? If Fox really is a Krogerite then he is a decent fellow regardless of his proclivities – not (in the great words of Seinfeld) that there’s anything wrong with that.

    Posted by Giuseppe De Simone | June 2, 2011, 0:28
  45. Thankfully, after many years, I am not the only Labor MP that gets miowed at.

    Posted by Emmo | June 2, 2011, 10:44
  46. I once Gideon Rozner’s for coke. True story.

    Posted by Tara Whitehead | June 2, 2011, 16:32
  47. Don’t try and steal my route to power away from me Tara. Hands off.

    Posted by HP | June 6, 2011, 4:07
  48. Don’t fight. You can both have me.

    Posted by Grrrr | June 7, 2011, 19:44


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