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Daniel Andrews Commits To Passing Victorian Budget; Calls On Napthine To Consult Governor

The Victorian Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Andrews, said tonight he wants Premier Denis Napthine to join him in calling on the Victorian Governor to seek a solution to the political crisis besetting the government. He says the ALP will pass the Budget but did not commit himself to a position on moving a motion of no-confidence.


Andrews said that tomorrow morning he will refer claims by Napthine that Geoff Shaw demanded a particular judicial appointment to the Independent Broad-Based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC). [Read more…]

Daniel Andrews Promises Victorian Royal Commission Into Family Violence

The Victorian Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Andrews, has promised to establish a Royal Commission into Family Violence, if the ALP is returned to government at this year’s election.

AndrewsSpeaking at the ALP’s State Conference today, Andrews said the Royal Commission would be required to report by the end of 2015 and nothing would be off limits.

“The Family Violence Royal Commission will examine our system from the ground up. It will investigate criminal law, corrections and the courts. It will look at support services, the health system, alcohol and drug treatment. It will look at refuges, housing and education. And, of course, it will look at the resources and tools available to our hard-working police officers.”

Andrews said “a Victorian Labor Government will implement its recommendations”. [Read more…]

Victorian Speaker Ken Smith Resigns; Christine Fyffe Takes Over

The Speaker of the Victorian Legislative Assembly, Ken Smith, has resigned and Liberal MP Christine Fyffe has been elected unopposed as the new Speaker.


Smith’s resignation came in a belligerent speech at the beginning of the new parliamentary year at 2pm today. Smith attacked Frankston MP Geoff Shaw, accusing him of “outrageous demands” and describing him as “unworthy” of being a member of parliament. [Read more…]


The former Victorian Liberal leader, Denis Napthine, has been re-elected tonight and will become Premier following the resignation of Ted Baillieu.

Liberal MPs were given ten minutes notice of a party-room meeting to be held at 7pm tonight. Baillieu offered his resignation to the partyroom and Denis Napthine was elected in his place.

Napthine [Read more…]

Full Text Of Victoria’s Constitution (Parliamentary Reform) Act 2003

This is the full text of the parliamentary reform bill passed by both houses of the Victorian Parliament.

The bill introduces fixed 4-year terms and reforms the Legislative Council by reducing its membership and introduces proportional representation. [Read more…]

Victorian Parliamentary Reform – Explanatory Memorandum

This is the text of the explanatory memorandum that was circulated with the Constitution (Parliamentary Reform) Bill.

The bill involves historic reform of the Victorian Parliament. It reforms the Legislative Council, eliminates the power of the upper house to block Supply and introduces fixed four-year terms for both houses. [Read more…]

Historic Reform Of Victorian Parliament

The Victorian Parliament has passed historic legislation providing for reform of the Legislative Council, fixed four-year terms and the abolition of the Council’s power to block Supply.

The legislation – the Constitution (Parliamentary Reform) Bill – was introduced by the Premier, Steve Bracks to the Legislative Assembly on February 26. It was passed with amendments on March 20 and introduced into the Legislative Council on the same day by John Lenders. The Bill was passed without amendments on March 27.

The bill is the first major reform to be passed by the Legislative Council since the Labor Government secured a comfortable majority in the general election of November 30, 2002.

The bill provides for:

  • a fixed four year parliamentary term, unless dissolution of the Assembly occurs sooner;
  • re-constitution of the Council to consist of 40 members, elected from 8 regions each region returning 5 members;
  • proportional representation with optional preferential voting for members of the Council;
  • the filling of casual vacancies in the Council;
  • the President of the Council to have a deliberative, but not casting, vote;
  • recognition of the principle of Government mandate;
  • removal of the ability of the Council to block supply (Annual Appropriation) Bills;
  • a dispute resolution process for deadlocked Bills;
  • the entrenchment of certain legislative provisions.

The legislation fixes the last Saturday in November every four years as the election date. The Legislative Council, a bastion of conservative domination for over 150 years, is to be reduced in numbers from 44 to 40. Proportional representation will mean that the ALP will likely lose its majority at the next election, with the balance of power going to minor parties and/or independents.


Victoria: State Of The Parties 1996-2002

This table shows the state of the parties in the Victorian parliament between 1996 and 2002.

The Kennett-led Coalition government won its second term in 1996. In 1999, Steve Bracks became Premier of a minority Labor government. In 2002, Bracks won the largest majority in the history of the Victorian parliament.

Victorian Parliament
Party Leg
42 43 44
36 35
7 6
Current: Majority Labor Government, first elected 1999
Premier: Steve Bracks


Susan Davies: Statement In Support Of A Minority Labor Government

This is the text of a statement by Susan Davies, independent member for Gippsland West, offering her support to a minority Labor government led by Steve Bracks.

Davies was formerly an ALP member and ALP candidate for Gippsland West. She won the seat as an independent in a by-election in 1997, after the ALP decided not to contest the election.

Davies was joined by the other independent members, Russell Savage and Craig Ingram, in supporting a minority Labor government in preference to the Coalition government of Jeff Kennett.

Statement by Susan Davies, independent member for Gippsland West.

Final Results from the 1999 State Election

I remain an Independent. My main concern is with my own electorate. However we Independents have to make a choice on which party we will assist to form government.

I offer my support, to the limited extent outlined in the preamble to the Independent’s Charter Victoria 1999, to the Labor Party. Both Russell Savage and Craig Ingram have also made the same choice, which means the ALP has sufficient numbers to form government in Victoria. [Read more…]

Russell Savage: Statement in Support of a Minority Labor Government

This is the text of a statement from Russell Savage, independent member for Mildura in the Victorian Legislative Assembly.

Savage was elected as the independent member for Mildura in 1996. He defeated the sitting Liberal member, Craig Bildstein, in what is a traditionally National Party electorate.

Savage and the other independent members, Susan Davies and Craig Ingram, jointly announced their decision to support an ALP minority government led by Steve Bracks.

Statement from Russell Savage, independent member for Mildura.

SavageIt is with some regret that I record my position on whom I am prepared to support to govern Victoria for the next four years.

I find myself in an invidious position, damned if I do and damned if I don’t. I have reflected long and hard on the neglect and contempt shown to this electorate by the Coalition, and specifically the former Premier Jeff Kennett.

His three-and-a-half years of persistent criticisms of the Mildura electorate for electing an independent have been both unconstitutional and unwarranted. [Read more…]