For once I agree with an Age editorial. Dennis Napthine the new Premier of Victoria has replaced Ted Bailleau and seems to have formed an alliance with MP Geoff Shaw who recently quit the Liberal Party enabling continued Liberal rule in Victoria. Mr. Shaw was and still is under investigation for abusing his allowances by using them to promote private interests. This deeply religious Pentacostal Christian has a chequered history. Shaw’s resignation from the Liberal Party seems to have triggered the change in Leadership. Now it is claimed that Shaw is seeking an expanded superannuation scheme payout from the new leadership.
I don’t know if this latter claim is true or not but the appearance that it might be true is incredibly damaging to the low credibility we now attach to our State parliamentarians. It will seal the fate of the Liberals in Victoria.
If it becomes a fact of Liberal Party history that a malcontent in the Party was seen as having triggered a leadership spill while he was under investigation for misusing public monies but then returned to support the government provided his superannuation payout was increased then the Liberals are justifiably doomed.
Mr Napthine: Time to set the record straight!
(i) Why was Ted Bailleau kicked out?
(ii) Make it clear that you would never provide increased superannuation benefits to anyone as a means of securing their political support.
Update: the media’s role in the downfall of Bailleau is made clear by this commentary in The Age. The journalist pretends to recognise Bailleau’s qualities but ultimately condemns him for not been a stooge of the ignorant media. For not being a glib politician with something exciting to say every day. He celebrates “big mouth” Kennett’s wise words.