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Tony Robinson (ALP-Mitcham) 1997 By-Election How-To-Vote Card

This is the how-to-card issued by the ALP candidate for the Mitcham by-election in 1997.

The by-election for the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat was an early indication of the demise of the Kennett government in 1999. In a large field of 17 candidates, the ALP’s Tony Robinson won the seat. It had previously been held by Roger Pescott for the Liberal Party. [Read more…]

Auditing The Backbones

The Victorian Liberal Party’s Parliamentary wing wimped it again today. The bloated backbench failed yet again to stand up to the Kennett government’s moves to butcher the office of the Auditor-General. Once more, the brave boys and girls bowed down in a terrible conflict of fear and ambition. Reports of a party-room revolt have clearly been greatly exaggerated.

Of course, the brave Roger Pescott resigned from Parliament last week, citing the changes to the Auditor-General’s office and the leadership style of the Premier as reasons. Roger had been a very public and vocal critic of the moves, hadn’t he? Roger had spent months working within the party to change the legislation, hadn’t he? Roger is a man of great political principle, isn’t he?

Roger Pescott was first elected to Parliament in 1985, having defeated Labor’s Doug Newton in the Mount Waverley-based seat of Bennettswood. Within two years, he came within one vote of defeating Kennett for the Liberal leadership, losing by 24 votes to 23. In the internecine and byzantine world of Liberal Party politics, a world where political debate and philosophical discussion is secondary to settling old scores, Roger went on to trounce Kennett and become Deputy Leader to the hapless Alan Brown in 1989. He returned to the fold in a deft bit of political footwork in 1991 that helped return Kennett to the leadership. He served without distinction in a minor portfolio between 1992 and 1996. According to newspaper reports, he wrote to Kennett indicating he no longer wished to serve in the ministry. It was a classic case of jumping before he was pushed. [Read more…]

Kennett Dumped As Liberal Leader; Peacock Coup Still Dominates Canberra Politics

The Victorian Liberal leader, Jeff Kennett, was dumped in a partyroom ballot on May 23, 1989.

Kennett had been leader since 1982. He had lost two elections in 1985 and 1988.

He was replaced by Alan Brown. Roger Pescott was chosen as deputy.

Brown and Pescott did not make it to the next election. Kennett was reinstated as leader in 1991. He won the 1992 election and served as Premier of Victoria until 1999. [Read more…]