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LAZARUS: The warrior from Warrnambool watches and waits

napthine Former state Liberal leader Dr Denis Napthine is quietly positioning himself for a comeback according sources inside Parliament.

The ever-vigilant Michael Kapel is believed to be closely watching Napthine and other threats to Baillieu’s leadership like Terry Mulder.

Spring Street insiders point to the good animal doctor’s recent work in Parliament where observers say the seasoned and experienced Parliamentarian puts current leader Ted Baillieu in the shade.

Following the highly charged debate over the Assisted Reproduction Treatment Bill that – according to critics – enables everyone to pick up a new kid from any arts supplies shop in Westgarth, Napthine demonstrated his dormant leadership credentials with a presidential style vote of thanks to everyone who’d endured the divisive debate.

One party room noted “It was a leader’s speech, the kind of thing Ted Baillieu should be able to do but cannot.”

Baillieu still has the numbers though. But for how much longer?


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  1. Good Grief – replacing Baillieu with Nappy. Its like shuffling the dorks at a dork convention.

    Posted by Horse Sense | October 10, 2008, 11:38
  2. Michael O’Brien is twice as smart as the combined intelligence of blue blood Ted, nuff nuff Terry and uninspiring Dennis.

    He is the one.

    Posted by mob rule | October 10, 2008, 12:19
  3. I think Ann Peacock should be given a seat. She’d be stylish and clever unlike the dweebs in there.

    Posted by Ann fan | October 10, 2008, 12:22
  4. anyone who saw Michael O’Brien stumbling, sweating and swearing his way through the Malvern campaign in ’06 would hope he’s improved puh-lenty in the intervening couple of years. if he can’t make his way into parliament via the safest of seats without looking like a red-faced amateur, he’s no leadership material.

    Posted by Jim Bob | October 10, 2008, 12:36
  5. He has matured, like a smelly cheese.

    Posted by Mary Wooldridge | October 10, 2008, 12:41
  6. Did someone cut the cheese ?

    Posted by Inga Binga | October 10, 2008, 12:41
  7. Krogerites have been sniffing around for a lower house seat for Guy MLC.

    Posted by give guy enough rope | October 10, 2008, 12:42
  8. Why is my comeback from the dead not being considered here ? What is wrong with you people ?

    Posted by HRH LM Doyle | October 10, 2008, 12:55
  9. I would love to see Mr Guy as the liberals next leader. the only problem seems to be there is’nt a lower house seat in his Upper house region, none of them are even an inch liberal.

    Posted by Mat Guy for Leadership | October 13, 2008, 17:57
  10. hi
    good luck

    Posted by Maxwell Knight | January 9, 2009, 14:40


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