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GOING COMMANDO: Does Baillieu have a Tristan Weston problem?

Boned Peter Ryan adviser, Tristan Weston is believed to have had a “gutful of being slagged off” by Baillieu government ministers and is sceptical of promises that he’d be “looked after” providing he stayed loyal to the Coalition and resigned quietly after an adverse finding from the Office of Police Integrity.

It’s been a few weeks since he resigned from his paying job and he is considered in political circles to be extremely unhappy about his treatment so far, his job prospects and the fact that promises made to him may not be honoured.

In a recent interview with multi-millionaire author and Aged crime reporter John Silvester, Weston’s former boss Peter Ryan slagged him off in stronger terms than Labor has managed:

What would you say to Weston if you ran into him now?
He lied repeatedly to me and Ben Hindmarsh [Ryan’s Chief of Staff] that he was involved in this [leaking information to the media to damage Overland]. I would tell him I am terribly disappointed in him… I have about eight people who have worked with me for years and we work with enormous trust. And I invited Tristan Weston into that. And that is why I am disappointed because we were, in a sense, betrayed.

Weston’s many friends in the Liberal party say those are not words (and many other similar denigrations by the Nationals party leader and occasionally by the Premier himself) that are helpful to the former rising-star cop’s attempts to rebuild his career after an unfortunate brush with a a mini-scandal where Weston is accused of doing not much more than pushing for a new Chief Commissioner of Police. Many Liberals think this was a completely defendable and worthwhile exercise, arguing that Ryan ought to have sacked Overland shortly after they were elected.

Ryan’s indecision surprised many and has created the first serious crisis for the government that has weakened the previously highly regarded minister’s standing in the community and authority in the Legislative Assembly chamber.

Political insiders will be watching Tristan Weston keenly. If he “goes off the reservation” – as some expect – this could spell trouble for Ryan because his recollection of events varies wildly from the Deputy Premier’s.

If Weston was to loudly, publicly and repeatedly challenge Ryan on whether he was acting alone in undermining then Commissioner Overland, it could be very embarrassing and possibly politically fatal for Peter Ryan

The promised job or accommodation with Weston should be delivered in time for Christmas, senior sources say, lest Ryan be left as stuffed as a big roast turkey, ready to be carved up by a hungry Hulls and the lean and mean Daniel Andrews of the Opposition.


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  1. Shouldn’t undermining Underhand (sorry Overland) be cause for a battlefield commission and a decoration …. not twubble?

    Posted by Toad of Toad Hall | November 22, 2011, 15:44
  2. Since when should staffers be excused for trying to push policy positions?

    If you live by the sword, you die by the sword.

    Posted by drpage | November 22, 2011, 16:27
  3. What is wrong with having my hand in the till? It is the Liberal way I was brought up on.

    Posted by Ryan S | November 22, 2011, 20:00
  4. This is only going to get worse for me and my 2014 campaign for Macedon. He was my hand picked candidate for Macedon, and that Mrs Wilson looking Ryan will get his. Forward Serge and dont spare the horses. Heres to not being referred to in anymore reports, Im up to my neck in this as it is. As Rick Perry, the next President of the United States says, OOPS.

    Posted by THE REAL DIRTY DONNA (PETROVICH) | November 22, 2011, 20:30
  5. Lying is a strong word. A court writ would certainly flush some things out.

    Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2011, 20:51
  6. Weston could get a job as one of the new transport policemen

    Posted by Not a sycophantic toad | November 22, 2011, 21:26
  7. In the red corner, Peter Ryan. Professional bluffer and spin merchant. Speaks of the cuff and generally able to talk himself out of trouble. Feared by many who dread incurring the wrath of his acid wit.

    In the blue corner, a former highly regarded detective, counter terrorism specialist, covert operator and intelligence professional. A decorated former soldier,patriot and friend and supporter of Israel. A man used to following orders and executing cunning plans. A meticulous note taker and record keeper skilled in covert evidence gathering techniques.

    I dread the result for Ryan and co should Weston decide that his reputation has suffered enough and its time to open the vault. Only the loyal soldier gene is holding back the tide at the moment. but having worked with the man I know that if and when he makes his move he will gut Ryan like a flat head and move on without blinking.

    This is shaping up as a battle between an irresistible object and an immovable force. I’m salivating at the prospect. Ryan is used to bully and bluster carrying the day with his foes being cowed into submission. Weston when in red mist mode is relentless. If pushed he will come out swinging and will not back off until the mission or objective has been achieved. If that mission is the destruction of Ryan’s political career then so be it.

    The suspense is terrible. I hope it lasts…..

    Posted by Andy McNab | November 22, 2011, 22:07
  8. FARRRKKKKKK, I hope he doesn’t try for a position on Hume City Council, but it would make for an interesting election campaign

    Posted by Amon | November 22, 2011, 22:11
  9. Will the real premier please stand up?

    Posted by Who is Premier? | November 23, 2011, 0:45
  10. Andrews lean and mean? He and Hulls are gloating at how weak Ken Smith is as Speaker. They get away with saying what they like when they like. Ryan should fear Smith not Tristan – Merlino’s lies, innuendos and mis truths are all recorded forever on hansard – no poor recollection as an excuse!

    Posted by Who cares | November 23, 2011, 8:24
  11. Wasn’t this site one of the places that advocated for Ryan leading the Coalition?

    How’s that working out for you?

    Posted by Steve Sensible | November 23, 2011, 8:51
  12. Tick…tick…tick..

    Posted by Harry the B | November 23, 2011, 9:06
  13. Seeking to undermine Overland was nothing more sinister than the usual political machinations that occur when there is a change of government. It may not be nice but it is hardly more terrible than standard office politics.

    No serious police investigations were affected.

    Overland had a very thin skin and he wasted many hundreds of thousands of dollars on pay-back investigations into people who crossed him using the supine OPI to do his bidding time and time again.

    Minister Ryan was prepared to give Overland a fair chance to prove himself and his personal staff should have respected that desire. There was no reasonable basis for sacking Overland in November 2010 despite his closeness to the ALP and his suborning of the office to his whims.

    Apparently, Tristan Weston did not subscribe to this view and secretly continued his attack on the fatally flawed Commissioner.

    The OPI findings against him were very unfair and show just how biased and corrupted its investigations have become.

    Overland resigned when there was no alternative to a messy and destructive disciplinary finding against him. He left with his life pension when he could have ended up in jail if some of the allegations against him were proven had he fought the government.

    Tristan Weston also resigned and he should have resigned when it became apparent he had disobeyed his boss. This is a bad mistake but it isn’t a crime. He was acting in what he thought was the best interests of the people of Victoria to rid the Police of a seriously compromised Commissioner who had ceased to be a leader with the respect of the police on the ground.

    He did so at a great personal cost and he knew that if he were found out, his position would become untenable.

    He is a person of incredible ability and should find a senior position elsewhere within government or the private sector. If I had a position needing someone of his undoubted skill, I would not hesitate to employ him.


    1. Minister Ryan has done nothing wrong and was right to insist on Weston’s resignation.

    2. Weston made a career limiting decision to act in the public interest over the express position of his superior.

    3. Weston should not be punished any further for his choice.

    Posted by Giuseppe De Simone | November 23, 2011, 9:16
  14. Donna has more than just the OPI report’s findings to be worried about… I can see the headlines in the lead up to the 2014 state election already!

    Posted by Simon K | November 23, 2011, 10:45
  15. Ryan has conned the Liberal Party.
    He & Failieu should have sacked Overland on day one. His replacement Lay will be another disappointment and will need to be given the boot in 2-3 years time.

    Posted by Toad | November 23, 2011, 13:28
  16. Peter Ryan you silly old lying tosser. Only had a 30 min meeting with the exclusive bretheren, didn’t know anything then either, repertoire sounding all too familiar. Not even tears will save you from digital voice recordings though……..time to sod off.

    Posted by Bob Ebyt | November 23, 2011, 14:12
  17. Ryan is lyan again.

    Posted by The Pig farmer | November 23, 2011, 14:37
  18. Kilmore wallan Bypass lie, Romsey Secondary School lie, Wallan Secondary School lie, Alpine Cattle Bungling, failed Mayor, Supporter of a crooked cop for Parliament. Who am I?

    Posted by THE REAL DIRTY DONNA (PETROVICH) | November 23, 2011, 16:31
  19. Sorry Giussepe,

    Tristan was (is) a complete amateur. That’s why Petrovich provided the useful idiot with advice, cos Tristan wasn’t smart enuf.

    Wonder what your response would be if a police officer launched a covert campaign against a sitting Judge.

    This whole affair has been grubby from the start.

    There is more to come.

    H the B

    Posted by H thre B | November 23, 2011, 19:38
  20. Ryan was always an accident waiting to happen, his talent has been overstated and exaggerated for years (largely by him) there are many more ‘little issues’ in his past. It’s only been a matter of when, not if challenges were going to arise.

    Posted by anon | November 23, 2011, 22:27
  21. Petrovich is an ethical hardworking both feet firmly on the ground pollie. Love to see her go up against Duncan. Probably dirties worst nightmare.

    Posted by Not Doobie | November 24, 2011, 9:40
  22. Take a look thru the OPI report and see the references to Weston meeting in a former policemans now lawyers office, some may want to ask the profession and past profession of Donna P’s husband, just saying ………

    Posted by Bulla Bandit | November 24, 2011, 11:18
  23. Fiberals

    Posted by bill | November 24, 2011, 13:37
  24. Not Doobie, you must be a Labor stooge looking for laughs. Hard working ethical member am I. Even Im still laughing at that reference. And as for the Bulla bandit, you might also like to know Ive got my daughter working in my electorate office. Working hard for the money as usual…

    Posted by THE REAL DIRTY DONNA (PETROVICH) | November 24, 2011, 16:24
  25. Tristan Weston, Bernie Finn with friends like these who needs enemies.

    Posted by THE REAL DIRTY DONNA (PETROVICH) | November 24, 2011, 16:25
  26. We need a real Country Party that would not be doing such unethical behaviours.

    Posted by Grace Freeth | November 24, 2011, 17:05
  27. Hey, dirty donna, move aside. I don’t like intruders on my territory. If you want to get in touch with me, say hi to me on my dating site.I keep in touch any time of day or night, even during queswwtion time. My base is the Grand Hyatt. A bit extra for a glass of champers.

    Posted by Wenchy | November 24, 2011, 18:53
  28. Well the people of victoria should be thanking Weston for his great work in getting rid of the most inept Chief Commissioner other than nixon. The IBAC would have got him anyway but the one who has avoided the bullets so far is Ken Lay. He went after weston because he was made to look slack which he is in big doses.(The scottish sex offender was the start).Also, the IT scandal, his drink driving conviction, having other officers driven home for drink driving charges, the list goes on. Bet is he will resign before or just after the next election.Weston knows more than a lot think!

    Posted by che evans | November 24, 2011, 21:02
  29. Every policeman in Victoria is on Weston’s side but will not speak up in fear of going on the dole line.

    Victorians should (have)been proud to have a stand up bloke like Weston in Parliament – at least he had a back bone.

    Peter Ryan you are a gutless man, a coward that doesn’t deserve a burial.

    Posted by Shane Bishop | November 25, 2011, 11:53
  30. Every cop is behind Weston???!!!

    Time for a new police force. And they’re so brave they wont publicly support him?

    Give me a break.

    Posted by H the B | November 25, 2011, 20:56
  31. I would only add one more point Giuseppe :

    The OPI report has nothing to do with objective investigation, objective reporting and credible recommendations. The OPI report has itself ” crossed the line” and is clearly a political document.

    Posted by Spot on Giuseppe De Simone | November 26, 2011, 0:09
  32. Is it just me or is Donna Petrovich looking more and more like her best friend in the Lower House, Heidi Victoria? The long blonde hair etc?…. Maybe it’s the new look for the female Lib MP’s?

    Posted by Simon K | November 29, 2011, 18:46


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