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SHAW SIGN OF TROUBLE: MP disappears for a day as domestic crisis explodes

shawshankedBeseiged Liberal MP for Frankston Geoff Shaw disappeared yesterday after revelations on VEXNEWS that his term in Parliament could come to an abrupt halt following a series of domestic disturbances requiring the attendance of Victoria Police at his family property.

Government insiders panicked over the looming scandal, which is yet to make the mainstream media, and a significant part of which cannot be reported for legal reasons.

They understand that Shaw – a father of four – has separated from his wife, Sally Shaw. But they are also hopeful that Mrs Shaw is standing by her man and will not be making allegations against him, in court or elsewhere.

If Shaw were to unexpectedly resign or not be eligible to serve in the Victorian Parliament, the Baillieu government would be deprived of its majority until a by-election could be held. With the polls showing the Liberals generally travelling well, they’re not expecting to lose any by-election but are hopeful that they will be able to avoid one and the months of instability and chaos that would ensue. When we suggested to government strategists they might consider an early election in those circumstances, they laughed. We took that as a no.

VEXNEWS revealed yesterday that Shaw had prior convictions for assault in the early 1990s during his time as a bouncer at a salubrious Frankston nightspot 21st Century.

Some say Shaw was quite the wild thing back in those days, even fathering a love-child before settling down as a Church-going suburban accountant. These stories apparently went through Frankston like wild-fire in the lead-up to the last state election. They didn’t seem to damage local support for him, perhaps the reverse was true.

And yet in government circles, they’ve had a gutful of Shaw already. “We need this like a hole in the head,” one government adviser told VEXNEWS on condition of anonymity before expressing fears for Shaw’s safety given that they hadn’t heard from him for some time on Monday. He has since resurfaced and has promised higher-ups that he’s done nothing wrong. With the Michael Kapel secret meetings to undermine the Police Commissioner furore raging like an out-of-control bush-fire, this is a distraction, potentially, at least, a deadly serious one.

This week is not the first time Shaw has appeared on the radar of the VEXNEWS Investigations Unit. There have been – as we briefly considered yesterday – wild rumours about his close, personal friendship with a parliamentary colleague. “Blondes have more fun,” one observer remarked.

A steady flow of interesting information about the colourful evangelical is received on a regular basis. Accused by local Christians of being an unreliable “Church-hopper,” one source who asked not to be named for reasons of their own safety, explained that Shaw and his family is a strange “Biblical literalist” who doesn’t really have sufficient theological understanding to carry it off. Many fellow worshippers smell a fraud and have told us that he has attended no fewer than four churches in the burbs, originally starting with  the Mornington Baptist Church, before eventually finding solace at the Peninsula City Church on Frankston-Flinders Road, occasional scene of “homosexual deprogramming.”


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  1. First Tilley now Shaw

    Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2011, 15:19
  2. WOW this now means Shaw and his muse because of thier sinfull ways wont be able to apply for a job at certain religous organisations due to my governments new EO legislation !!! might have to introduce an exemption on the exemption for Liberal MPs

    Posted by Robert Clarke | June 7, 2011, 15:32
  3. Have you got a reference for the ‘homosexual deprogramming’ thing?

    Posted by Martin | June 7, 2011, 16:13
  4. I have heard that that church helps promote the death penalty for gay men in Uganda.

    Posted by Martin | June 7, 2011, 16:19
  5. Does anyone know if Geoff had a go at Homosexual deprogramming?
    I woudn’t recommend it

    Posted by Andrea McCalls Ghost | June 7, 2011, 16:26
  6. [before eventually finding solace at the Peninsula City Church on Frankston-Flinders Road, occasional scene of “homosexual deprogramming.”]

    Oh Vexnews, sometimes you make it all worthwhile. Brilliant!

    Posted by Zaf | June 7, 2011, 17:48
  7. VEXNEWS has done some good work in the past, but have you got anything here except family-destroying rumour and innuendo?

    Posted by Marshall | June 7, 2011, 17:49
  8. Andrew, yesterday you agreed in the comments section that kids shouldn’t be brought into this. And yet here you are putting a photo including kids at the top of the article. This is just massive, blatant, disgusting, child-hating hypocrisy. Anything for some attention.

    For goodness sake, please take down the photo. And the blurring makes no difference- the kids are still in the photo. It’s pretty harsh to include his wife too. Have some compassion.


    Posted by J | June 7, 2011, 19:23
  9. Surely Inga and Ted would have done their homework before pre selecting this time bomb who is about to explode? Nah,..just look at Wreford? That is, Wreford and ex MP for Mordialloc Geoff Leigh!!

    Posted by Jayde | June 7, 2011, 19:57
  10. Dear Mr Clarke

    Everyone knows that the “Clarke” name in the Liberal Party is associated with the Jeffistas.

    Get your pseudonyms straight – Robert Clark has no “e” in his surname you stupid cylindrical piece of bowel excrement.

    Posted by Giuseppe De Simone | June 7, 2011, 20:28
  11. J: I’ve worked in child education/welfare circles for some years now, and find nothing unethical about the above photo. The images are blurred and/or covered up by bold print.

    My professional view: When people talk about real problems out loud they don’t cause them, they simply expose them.

    That said, I would urge all Vex News reporters to wear plastic gloves when sifting through Dannii Minogue’s garbage bins. Bacteria and odour can build up over time.

    Posted by Ben | June 7, 2011, 20:36
  12. […] other piece, published today expands on the story, offering more details into what is supposed to have happened and suggesting a rather sordid past […]

    Posted by GAY DEPROGRAMMING? SHAWLY NOT! | Mike Stuchbery | June 7, 2011, 22:26
  13. At least 5 ALP State MPs that I know of (I suspect there are several more) have troubled pasts more infamous that what is alleged of Shaw.

    Posted by Aseop | June 8, 2011, 0:01
  14. I am a respected political strategist.

    A very respected political strategist.

    A highly respected political strategist.

    Posted by Shambles | June 8, 2011, 0:15
  15. Hope that Shaw and Bauer aren’t both doing the homosexual deprogramming in the Windsor when parliament is sitting.

    Posted by Anon | June 8, 2011, 0:46
  16. I bet she never misses a division.

    Posted by Lay Voter | June 8, 2011, 8:22
  17. How is it that a State politicians wife can slap a cop and not get charged and yet this bloke is sentenced without a trial. Come on andrew dig a little deeper before this bloke takes his super.
    And has craig langdon enrolled for that deprogramming program.

    Posted by party hak | June 8, 2011, 9:30
  18. He’s not the only conservative state MP facing serious allegations. There’s another one just south of the NSW border.

    Posted by Alex | June 8, 2011, 15:46
  19. Lucky I haven’t had any of that nasty deprogramming. If I did, my media adviser and I wouldn’t know what to do with ourselves on those long, cold, lonely Canberra nights.

    Posted by Princess Poodle | June 8, 2011, 16:46
  20. I keep asking this question; where is your stuff about that pernicious scam, global warming? I checked your environment section and all that had was some idiocy about those idiots the Greens; if you’re mad, you’re mad and if you’re sad you take drugs; what else is there to say?

    To be relevant to this thread I suppose I should ask, what is Mr Shaw’s preferred position on the subject?

    Posted by cohenite | June 8, 2011, 18:17
  21. Why hasn’t Geoff tried to crack onto me? I’ve got hidden treasures up my ample skirts!!

    Posted by Inga Binga | June 8, 2011, 19:02
  22. Why won’t somone do some deprograming with me? Why doesn’t anyone call?

    Posted by Wenchy | June 8, 2011, 21:29
  23. Things are really heating up in South East Metropolitan. Im stuck in Northern with wendy the wench and Damian Dumb. Its wagons hoe for south east metro…

    Posted by THE REAL DIRTY DONNA (PETROVICH) | June 8, 2011, 21:51
  24. Speaking from experience Wenchy they will end up with a nasty little itchy rash. Her indoors actually believed it was a dodgy dim sim I ate thank christ for that hey!

    Posted by Boofa | June 8, 2011, 22:00
  25. Mrs Shaw do NOT txt me but your children, now that’s another matter.

    Posted by RDR | June 9, 2011, 2:27
  26. Michael Danby is a patriot. He also has expressed publicly the view that the Prime Minister should meet the Dalai Lama. That makes him courageous as well. He is consistent in his abhorrence of tyranny. If the ALP had more parliamentarians like Michael Danby in Canberra and Spring St, it might even have a life after the Greens destroy its “scum of the middle class” lefty inner city base. The return to the “cream of the working class” will require good solid moderate sensible politicians.

    Posted by Giuseppe De Simone | June 9, 2011, 22:16
  27. Agree Giseppe. Danby is a legend. At least he believes in something. The rest don’t believe in anything. If Labour want to win back the inner-city, Danby is the man. He can outdebate any MP. Labour needs more brains like his in the party and on the front line.

    Posted by Danby for PM | June 10, 2011, 11:30
  28. Tristan Weston, my hand picked candidate, stamped with my personal seal of approval, has nothing to do with me. In fact, Ive never heard of him.

    Posted by THE REAL DIRTY DONNA (PETROVICH) | June 10, 2011, 16:04
  29. Geez I bet that great talent, Josephine “Alopecia” Cafagna will handle this just as atrociously as she did other Coalition scandals.These guys are a joke, and Labor is a joke allowing itself to be beaten by these amateurs!

    Posted by politicalrealist | June 11, 2011, 22:31
  30. Vex truly is first with the worst! Well done Andrew! And to think Shaw said, on the public record, on the first day of sitting that he wanted to be a Minister! “I’m not doing it to sit on the back benches, let me tell you” lol


    Posted by Hit me baby one more time | June 12, 2011, 0:10
  31. Why have I fallen off the radar. I like to be mentioned on vexnews because I really like people to talk about my many talents.

    Posted by Lowrain Woeful | June 16, 2011, 22:56
  32. Has everyone seen my go red for women pic on my website? I am the one in the tarty clothes and double chins . ( PS I want some extra hits on my website. Please visit.)

    Posted by Wenchy | June 21, 2011, 22:27
  33. I gaze upon your bursing chest each night before I sleep, Wenchy.

    Posted by Boofa | June 21, 2011, 22:44
  34. Wenchy, the red heart pic on your website – it can’t be the same person as the one in your facebook pics where you look decades younger. Gee this MP life sure must be tough!

    Posted by Anon | June 22, 2011, 8:59


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