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Baillieu Offers Extra Funds For NDIS Trial In Victoria

3.45pm – The Victorian government has broken the impasse over funding for the NDIS with an offer of extra money for a trial in the Barwon/Geelong region.

Ted Baillieu

Premier Ted Baillieu today offered to commit $17 million for the trial and and a one-off $25 million for a “transition agency”. The federal government was asking for $40 million from Victoria.

Baillieu denied his announcement was a backflip, claiming his government had been consistent from the start and had never tried to score political points. Nevertheless, the decision will be seen as a victory for Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

The Victorian decision comes after two days of heavy criticism of the coalition state governments. At the COAG meeting on Wednesday the Labor governments of South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT signed up to a trial of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Baillieu’s announcement was made at a 3.45pm press conference with Mary Wooldridge, his Minister for Community Services.

  • Listen to the Baillieu-Wooldridge press conference (26m)

Coalition Premiers Opt Out Of NDIS Trial; COAG Fractures

The political pressure on Prime Minister Julia Gillard stepped up a notch today as the four coalition premiers refused to sign up to a trial of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Julia Gillard

A meeting of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) fractured with the announcement of three trial sites in the Labor-held jurisdictions of South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT.

The Coalition premiers from New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia all refused accept the federal government’s terms for participation in the trial. [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 Concedes Defeat; Baillieu Premier of New Coalition Government in Victoria

5.45pm – The Victorian Premier, John Brumby, conceded defeat in the state election this afternoon, bringing to an end 11 years of Labor government.

John Brumby concedes defeat in the 2010 Victorian election

John Brumby concedes defeat

Further counting in Bentleigh today saw the Liberal candidate’s lead stretch to 460 votes. Labor’s lead in Ballarat East narrowed to 166 votes. Counting of pre-poll votes in other seats produced no significant change, ensuring Ted Baillieu of 45 seats in the Legislative Assembly. Labor will have 43.

Brumby delivered a 23 minute speech to journalists and members of his Cabinet. He said he had telephoned the Liberal leader to congratulate him. Baillieu was due to see the Governor at 6.30pm. [Read more…]


Brumby Government Brought To Brink Of Defeat In Victoria

6.2% Primary Swing Against Labor; Coalition Has 44 Seats; All Roads Lead To Bentleigh

1.00am – The Brumby Labor government has failed to secure re-election to a fourth term in Victoria.

After a 6.2% swing against Labor on primary votes, the government has lost 11 seats to the Liberal Party. These are: Forest Hill, Gembrook, Mount Waverley, Seymour, Burwood, Frankston, South Barwon, Mitcham, Prahran, Mordialloc and Carrum.

John Brumby speaks to supporters last night

John Brumby speaks to supporters last night

The Coalition has also won Gippsland East from the independent Craig Ingram, bringing their total to 44 seats, equal with the ALP.

As counting ended for the night, only the Labor seat of Bentleigh remained in serious doubt. The Victorian Electoral Commission website has the Liberal candidate ahead by 213 votes, whereas the ABC website says the lead is 624 votes.

If the Labor Party holds Bentleigh, the Parliament will be evenly divided. If the Liberals win it, the Coalition will win the election 45-43. After providing a Speaker, the Coalition would be able to govern with a one-seat majority. [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…]


Baillieu and Brumby Meet in Election Debate

The Victorian Labor Premier, John Brumby, and the Liberal Opposition Leader, Ted Baillieu, have debated each other tonight in the only televised encounter of the 2010 state election.

The one hour debate was a lacklustre event, enlivened by a scrap over Greens preferences. Baillieu insisted that Brumby announce whether the ALP would preference the Greens, whilst Brumby said it was only Liberal preferences that were likely to elect Greens’ candidates.

Baillieu argued that Labor has presided over an increase in violent crime and problems in transport, children in care, and hospitals. He said government debt, waste and mismanagement had to be reined in.

Brumby said they key issue was “who will keep the jobs coming”, arguing that his government’s focus on education and infrastructure was the key “to meeting the challenges of the times ahead”. Brumby said he offered strong leadership and stability.

"Brumby and Baillieu meet in 2010 TV election debate"

Brumby and Baillieu meet in Victorian election debate

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