Geoff Shaw Suspended By Victorian Parliament; Ken Smith Votes With Government To Defeat ALP Expulsion Move

Geoff Shaw, the member for Frankston in the Victorian Legislative Assembly, has been suspended until September 2, after the former Speaker, Ken Smith, voted to defeat a move by the Labor Opposition to have Shaw expelled.

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Just before 8.30pm, an amendment to expel Shaw, moved by the Opposition Leader, Daniel Andrews, was voted on and tied 42-42. It was defeated on the casting vote of the Speaker, Christine Fyffe, who accidentally voted in support before correcting herself. [Read more…]


Defiant Napthine Says He Won’t Be Held To Ransom By Shaw; Says It’s Now Up To Andrews

A defiant Victorian Premier Denis Napthine has held a 7pm press conference to say that he won’t be held to ransom by Geoff Shaw.

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Napthine said the ball was now in Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews’s court. “He has said he will never accept the tainted vote of Mr. Shaw,” Napthine said. “We will continue to govern.” [Read more…]


Victorian Government Proposes Reforms To Emergency Management

The Victorian Government has proposed major reforms to Emergency Management services and procedures.

The Premier, Ted Baillieu, and the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Peter Ryan, today released a white paper and spoke at a press conference on the proposed changes.

The White Paper is shown below. [Read more…]


The Baillieu Ministry – Victoria – 2010

The Liberal-Nationals coalition won the Victorian election on November 27, 2010, defeating the ALP by 45 seats to 43 in the Legislative Assembly.

Led by Ted Baillieu, the ministry was sworn in on December 2, 2010. [Read more…]


Brumby Maintains Tied Result Most Likely; Opposition Says It’s Ready To Govern

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Following counting of pre-poll votes in Bentleigh late this afternoon, the Liberal Party’s candidate, Elizabeth Miller, leads the ALP’s Rob Hudson by 423 votes.

Most observers now agree that the coalition has won 45 seats in the Legislative Assembly and is able to form a government with a one-seat majority.

It is unlikely that Brumby will concede defeat until late tomorrow after counting of pre-poll votes in other seats.

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The Victorian Premier, John Brumby, maintains that the most likely outcome of the election is a tied result, 44 seats each for the ALP and coalition. [Read more…]


Baillieu Launches Liberal Party’s Victorian Election Campaign

The Victorian Liberal leader, Ted Baillieu, has delivered his policy speech for the November 27 state election.

Ted Baillieu speaks at his 2010 election campaign launch

Ted Baillieu Delivers His Policy Speech (Sky)

Baillieu devoted much of his speech to community safety, claiming that Victorians have been asked to “tolerate and accept” escalating levels of violence. He promised 1700 additional police and a program to crush hoon cars, outlaw bike gangs, and an end to suspended sentences and home detention.

Baillieu repeatedly referred to the “rancid culture” in Victoria. He said the Labor government engaged in political thuggery, threats and abuse. He attacked Brumby over government advertising and secrecy, and promised to establish an independent corruption commission. [Read more…]


Benalla By-Election A Test For National Party

Today’s by-election for the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Benalla will be a test for the National Party which has held the seat since its creation in 1904.

Denise AllenA win for the Labor Party would reduce its reliance on the support of the 3 Independents in the lower house.

The Bracks government currently holds 43 seats and governs with the support of independents Susan Davies (Gippsland West), Russell Savage (Mildura) and Craig Ingram (Gippsland East).

Victory in Benalla would allow the ALP to pass its legislation to trial heroin injecting rooms with the support of Susan Davies, although the Opposition-controlled Legislative Council would most likely still block the measure. [Read more…]