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LIB LOG JAM: Club Fed conservatives positioning for power after September

The federal Liberals have a very good problem to have: contemplating who will get what in the event of a big conservative win in the federal election scheduled for September. One of our Liberal correspondents points out those talked up in The Australian as rising stars deserving of promotion may not do half as well as they think they will. We look at the real up-and-coming Libs, more likely and deserving of promotion than the self-promoting.

MIKE TYLER CHARGED: Casey CEO to be boned if found guilty of sex cover-up crimes

A powerful Victorian local government bureaucrat has been charged with illegally covering up an expensive legal settlement with one of his sexual harassment victims. VEXNEWS explores our role in his imminent downfall.

ABBOTT’S SLUSH FUND: Tony Abbott helped pole-axe One Nation bigots, now they want revenge in court

Tony Abbott's slush fund used to finance hostile legal and other actions against the notorious race-baiting One Nation party back in the 1990s is central to a threatened $1.5 million legal attack by a party founder, David Ettridge.

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: Powerless “power broker” Feeney under fire from ABC studio audience of hipsters & miscreants

The ABC's Q&A show can be a tough gig. This was amply demonstrated by Senator David Feeney's first appearance.

CHEAP SEATS: VEXNEWS know-alls tell Dr Denis how to cure what ails government

The new Victorian Premier Denis Napthine made some important changes but missed a few important ones.

WHY TED FLED: The faction master fell on his sword to put the knife into his foes

As the dust settles on the most bizarre week in Victorian politics since Kennett lost the 1999 election most expected him to win easily, a clearer picture emerges of why the Premier of Victoria left. His successor said he left because there was deteriorating support, but there's more to it than that. The former party president who never let go of being a factional warrior chose the timing he did, in large part, to shaft his factional rivals who were supporting Matthew Guy.

COST OF COSSIE: Lobbyist Peter Costello could be time-bomb for an Abbott government

Some ex-politicians cope better than others. Many Liberals think Peter Costello needs to be saved from himself with a cushy appointment to a prestigious job by a future Abbott government before his commercial dealings explode in the party's face.

RED TED: Baillieu’s demise and Napthine’s rise shows that VEXNEWS is wise, reckon Tweeps

Red Ted's reign dead. Chavez gone. Dodgy censorship bid struck down. It's all happening. And as some Tweeters pointed out, in relation to the rise of Napthine, VEXNEWS tipped this. We're not so sure about all that, but we'll take all the praise we can. Click for the latest carnage on Spring Street.

ADMIN FURY: Liberal party director Damien Mantach could be next to be boned over Tristan Weston

Tony Nutt will be boned as Premier's chief-of-staff by new Premier Denis Napthine, most Liberal insiders believe. If not he'll be certainly visiting the problems of the dying days of the Baillieu show upon his own. Party sources tell VEXNEWS that party director Damien Mantach faces a very hostile meeting tonight of their Administrative Committee. Some think he'll be sacked too.

TURNBULL: Ex-leader tries to limit and define Tony Abbott’s authority: “We are not a personality cult here”

Malcolm Turnbull is on a PR offensive of the Rudd kind. Tony Abbott would be wise to keep an eye on him.

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