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STATE COUNCIL: Results show how low Red Ted’s stocks are within Victorian Liberals

ted'skissofdeath The Victorian Liberal State Council is being held this weekend and results we can exclusively reveal show that current state Liberal leader Ted Baillieu enjoys very little support within the membership of the Party.

While his party room support on Spring Street reportedly remains solid, the members are less than impressed, so much so that even with the introduction of ALP style proportional representation ballots in their internal elections, the Baillieu faction has struggled to get anyone elected at all.

Most notably, in the Male Metropolitan contest, despite an impressive candidate in the form of Tim Wilson (occasionally seen on Q and A slugging it out with lefties and considered almost certain to be bumped into Parliament soon enough), the Baillieu/David Davis faction failed to attract a quota of 33% of the vote plus 1.

It was considered more of a shock than a surprise, by both Baillieu and Kroger factions. And a tight result, there being four votes in it of seven hundred and fifty, with Wilson attracting more than double Scott Pearce’s primary vote and Pearce pulling ahead on the well-disciplined preferences of Kroger voters.

VEXNEWS understands the only Baillieu faction candidate who succeeded was Jane Hume who was able to narrowly defeat Caroline Elliott for a spot on the all-powerful Admin Committee.

Even after the introduction of proportional representation, the Baillieu forces have gone from being able to get zero people elected to one.

Under the winner-take-all constitutional arrangements that prevailed in the past, it was no disgrace to struggle to get anyone elected. But under this model, it is sorely disappointing for the Baillieu group and according to Liberal insiders speaking on condition of anonymity to avoid the angry Red Ted’s wrath, it’s an indication of just how low the Leader’s stocks are within the dispirited state Party.

One Kroger chieftain told VEXNEWS that “Tim is a very impressive performer but it’s Ted’s kiss of death that cost him.”

Another noted the Baillieu faction boss “David Davis couldn’t organise a you-know-what in a brothel.”

Elected to the Male Metropolitan positions on the Admin were Ross Fox of the Kroger faction and the rising star originally from the Melbourne University Liberal Club where he served as President and now publishing company executive patriot Scott Pearce.

A Liberal insider noted that some of the factional enemies are always quick to trash-talk the Melbourne Uni Liberal lads with full-size gloss poster shots of Mrs Sophie Mirabella in their bedrooms for being bad to the bone, too aggressive and unelectable. It seems that’s not quite correct or at least the latter element is not.


In other news, the amusing and more than reasonable  motion that called on the Federal Opposition to review Australia’s membership of the United Nations, given its obvious and many failings, was passed nearly unanimously.

We’ll put up the list of other motions considered for your reading amusement tomorrow. And the State Assembly ballot is tomorrow too, so if you can contain your excitement, we’ll put up those results too. Let freedom ring.


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  1. The Very Important Mr Fifield is very annoyed.

    Posted by Just_In McKeegan | May 23, 2009, 21:46
  2. The constant panning of Top Ted on this lowlife blog is tiresome and predictable.

    You’ve been gunning for him for ages, Andy! You need much more firepower. Stop throwing [deleted].

    Posted by [deleted] Happens | May 24, 2009, 0:32
  3. you can tell Labor are grasping at straws when something like this appears on Vex News… enjoy your last term

    Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2009, 1:52
  4. Tim Wilson lost because he is a lost liberal inside a conservative right wing party.

    The more publicity he gets, the more his internal party vote will fall… they just don’t like his sexual orientation or politics.

    They are conservatives.

    Posted by Anonski | May 24, 2009, 3:25
  5. No-one who supports Labor wants the Liberals to change Leader, Ted is crucial to Brumby’s chances in 2010, everyone knows that.

    Posted by LOL LOL LOL | May 24, 2009, 7:45
  6. The Liberals are on a winner if they condemn the operations of Minister Jennings and his EPA Stasi dob in operation.

    Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2009, 11:15
  7. I admire Ted in many ways but his time is up – he just doesn’t cut through to the public with any message they can relate to.

    I know Terry’s not ideal but he would at least give us a chance next year.

    Posted by Kooyong Lib | May 24, 2009, 13:55
  8. Choo Choo!

    Posted by Choo Choo | May 24, 2009, 16:59
  9. Some one seems to have stopped taking their Xenical!

    Posted by Anonski | May 24, 2009, 17:03
  10. Ted on the news tonight looks great talking Labor and corruption.

    Posted by ted rules | May 24, 2009, 19:50
  11. Yeh it’ll pull lots of votes in the Age reading inner-city.

    Posted by LOL | May 24, 2009, 20:24
  12. Choo choo

    Posted by Choo Choo | May 24, 2009, 20:30
  13. when do results come out?

    Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2009, 21:05
  14. Tim’s problem is not his small-l liberalism or his sexuality, it is that he saw fit to be on a ticket with Labor in the Melbourne City Council elections. He is otherwise well-liked & respected for his brains, & a good chance for Melbourne or Prahran, where cosying up to Labor is less problematical than in the Party as a whole.

    Posted by Astounded of Melbourne | May 24, 2009, 21:11
  15. Labor is gone…gone.. gone..

    Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2009, 22:27
  16. Tim has been captured by the right – his small ‘l’ liberalism goes no further than gay issues.

    This made him ‘palatable’ to the Labor right… and only grudgingly.

    He has adopted right manifesto on trade, economics, climate change and all other matters.

    He will fail in Prahran and or Melbourne on this platform… His hypocrisy will be exposed well before he gets the chance.

    He is a man in the wrong political stable – ready and primed, but never ridden in the big races. Never allowed to run because if he wins… big problem for his conservative masters.

    Posted by Sir Rupert | May 24, 2009, 22:47
  17. Tim didn’t get elected because he is a traitor to his own side of politics having being foolish enough to run on an ALP ticket against the great Fatty Doyle.

    Posted by Anonski | May 24, 2009, 23:18
  18. I prefer tea!

    Posted by Fatty Doyle | May 25, 2009, 0:10
  19. LIBERALS stand for nating..TED is part time polli.Liberals have NO POLICY they stand for nothing.

    Posted by Amazon | May 25, 2009, 0:20

    Posted by Amazon | May 25, 2009, 0:23
  21. Ted not beter then big nose KENNET

    Posted by Amazon | May 25, 2009, 0:25
  22. Greens waiting for trees for their policy,,,,,,Liberals WAIT FOR BRIMBANK CONTROVERSIAL REPORT for their policy They so DESPERATO they have no policy ha ha ha..Thats the best they come up whith…Long LIVE A L P..

    Posted by Amazon | May 25, 2009, 0:34
  23. The commentary about Tim Wilson is very entertaining. It is clear no one knows him, or understands his positions on policy. Wilson is a classical liberal, believing in small government. And that is consistent from economic, to social, to ‘gay’ issues.

    Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2009, 2:13
  24. Timmitta, like Joshy, isn’t a bad bloke despite being a total up-himself tosspot and is too bright too be kept out.
    The Vic Libs don’t stand for anything – Ted is getting whackier by the day so even his office don’t know what he’s on about half the time and the Kroger/Costello leavings are too busy reading the tea leaves trying to work out who is doing what.

    Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2009, 10:25
  25. Not standing for anything hasn’t stopped the Vic ALP from winning 3 State elections in a row.

    Posted by Anonksi | May 25, 2009, 10:54
  26. I have two words for you people – Peter McMullin.



    Posted by State Council watcher | May 25, 2009, 11:27
  27. Not sure why Ted’s supporters want to blame Peter McMullin.

    If anything, running with McMullin has lent credibility that Tim is well connected around Melbourne.

    Tim’s big mistake was joining the wrong faction. Why does he stay with them?

    McMullin is a wealthy investor and is the Vice-President of VECCI


    If Baillieu had a clue, he’d attract people like McMullin to his cause.

    Costello is certainly able to attract strong business support while Baillieu just leaves business groups cold.

    Who can forget Baillieu’s scandalous scare-mongering over the channel-deepening?

    VECCI won’t.

    Instead, Nutty is left with fundraising options like shaking tins Salvo-style at Hawthorn street-markets.

    Posted by Bye Bye Petro | May 25, 2009, 12:05
  28. Suggesting Tim lost because of his run with Peter McMullin in Melbourne City Council is laughable. His run proved how highly respected he is for his talents considering he’s only 28. And all without going to Jackaroo school!

    Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2009, 14:06
  29. Peter McMullin is a member of the ALP. Peter McMullin is a member of the ALP. Peter McMullin is a member of the ALP. Peter McMullin is a member of the ALP.

    Posted by Nonsense | May 25, 2009, 14:39
  30. Tim Wilson didn’t join the wrong faction. He joined the wrong party.

    Posted by Anonski | May 25, 2009, 14:39
  31. Freedom for all!

    Posted by Freedom Lover | May 25, 2009, 15:05
  32. I wish my good pal, Peter McMullin, as much freedom as possible!

    Posted by Freedom Lover | May 25, 2009, 15:05
  33. Peter McM doesn’t mind Timbo’s trouserbanditry, just ask Cammy G.

    Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2009, 15:25
  34. Ted what’s really wrong in Victoria is you and the Libs you stand for nothing you have no policy’s…no idea,,

    Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2009, 16:01
  35. Anonymous, 16:01, shame for the ALP that your rhetoric and reality don’t bare much resemblance. The ALP has stolen 40 Liberal Party policies since the last State election.

    So it seems that the ALP is the Party which is bereft of ideas and leadership.

    The ALP’s days in government in Victoria are numbered!

    Posted by Anonski | May 25, 2009, 16:07
  36. may I ask, who is this wonderful freedom lover? i would very much love to meet him! Plus, I’m a uni student. How do i get involved with the liberal party?

    Posted by Freedom want to be! | May 25, 2009, 16:28
  37. Freedom Lover cannot be hated that much. He topped the poll on State Assembly. He was the only one who was elected from the Baillieu faction first. Freedom Lover’s failure to get elected to Admin says a lot more about his geographic reach than his popularity. And it has nothing to do with his running with McMullin. Afterall most Libs can’t stand Fatty Doyle. And Lib students do deals with the ALP all the time. By that logic the reason Costello was never PM was because he was a member of the Labor Club.

    Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2009, 19:44
  38. Brendan Nelson was once a member of the ALP. Malcolm Turnbull once addressed a Victorian ALP Conference supporting the republic referendum.

    Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2009, 20:18
  39. One might argue Wilson has demonstrated all the credibility of a future Liberal Leader having run with McMullin!

    Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2009, 20:27
  40. Yeh he found a wealthy backer and Vice-President of the biggest employer organisation to support his bid for office, sounds pretty smart to me.

    Posted by John Harris | May 25, 2009, 22:25


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