Ted Baillieu

Victorian election underway and the attack ads flow

I?love Australian elections, especially their ads, and the nasty is flowing.


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Does anyone know what David Shearer Stands For?

Or like Ted Baillieu is he just a good bloke with good intentions who can’t sell a vision to the voters?

It is hard to remember David Shearer standing for anything in particular. He might be against a few things, but he doesn?t seem that convinced that asset sales are a bad idea, and hasn?t made a compelling argument like Russell Norman for why they are. This leaves the impression he is reflecting what the polls are telling him, not what he believes.? Read more »

A bit like David Shearer, really

I was reading an article at The Age about Ted Baillieu and the more I read the more I thought…he is just like David Shearer.

The article starts with this cartoon:



Then you start reading…and it really does sound a lot like David Shearer.? Read more »

An Australian politician who didn’t practice low bastardry…lost his job as a result

This is why Ted Baillieu is now warming the back benches:

But there are many others. Would Mr Baillieu have been more successful if he was more ruthless, projected more urgency, hunger and passion? Undoubtedly.

That wasn’t his style, and he never tried to be what he wasn’t. To his detractors, his failure to communicate was a fatal flaw. Certainly, the love of Victoria and pride in its multicultural success that was so evident last night was not widely appreciated. Nor was his decency, but then, as one Liberal friend remarked: ”Decency doesn’t pay dividends.”

Aussie politicians are generally very, very good at low bastardry. There is much to recommend it, there is nothing better in the grand game of politics than a good old-fashioned?donnybrook and blood and guts spraying everywhere.

Donnybrook coming in Victoria, dodgy Liberal ratbag costs Baillieu the premiership

Ted Baillieu has resigned as Premier of Victoria.

Ted Baillieu has resigned as Premier after a Liberals-only crisis meeting on Wednesday night, saying “I do this in the best of the government”.

Denis Napthine is the new leader of the liberal party in parliament.

I love this state, I love the Liberal Party and I love this state,” he said in a statement. “Change of leadership is in the best interests of the government.”

Mr Baillieu’s voice was cracking as he thanked his staff and wife and three children.

He has confirmed that he will remain in parliament.”? Read more »

Good onya Ted

The Age

Ted Ballieu is buying a fight with teacher unions which is long overdue. If only the teacher unions would allow teachers to be graded like every other worker in the economy:

THE worst 5 per cent of teachers could be sacked under a radical Baillieu government plan for Victorian students to match the performance of students in Finland and Shanghai within 10 years.

The provocative proposal will enrage the teachers’ union, already fighting a rancorous battle with the government over its broken promise to make Victorian teachers the highest paid in the nation.

Other controversial suggestions include teachers doing extra days of professional development during school holidays, teachers of hard-to-staff subjects such as maths and science earning more money and principals coming from professions other than teaching.

The government ”vision” paper, to be released today for consultation, says ”bold and sometimes difficult reform” is required if Victorian students are to do as well as those in the ”global top tier”, including Shanghai, Finland, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea.

”For Victorian students to catch up with their peers in the top-performing jurisdictions, our 15-year-olds would need to progress an extra six months in their learning by the time they enter year 10,” it says. ”If we invest in the right reforms to support quality teaching, 15-year-old Victorian students could bridge the gap within a decade.”

The paper says ”exiting” the lowest-performing 5 per cent of teachers and replacing them could alone improve performance by two months. Teachers would be required to demonstrate annual progress – if they were unable to do so within a set period they would be sacked.


Labor’s dirt unit

? Sunday Telegraph

Samantha Maiden writes about how this time the?story?in Canberra of a “Dirt Unit” isn’t true, though she does concede from experience and evidence that such a unit does exist.

Now we know where Mike Williams got his ideas from:

Amusingly, one attendee at the March dirt-digging workshop complains Reece is “too nice” and who they really want as strategy director is someone who “wants to drink the blood of the other side like (communications director) John McTernan”.

The term “dirt unit” is emotive. But there’s nothing illegal about the ALP or the Liberal Party trawling for publicly available information.

Company searches, lands title searches and checks of the pecuniary interest register are something political staffers and journalists do every day. There are good reasons why such information should be publicly searchable.

As it happens, many of the players in this little dirt-digging tale have been here before.

Reece’s boss in the prime minister’s office is chief of staff Ben Hubbard, who worked for the former Victorian Labor premier, Steve Bracks, during”the notebook affair”.

Back in 2006, one of Hubbard’s charges was Tom Cargill, who was accused of compiling a muckraking dossier on Victorian Liberal leader Ted Baillieu.

The notebook, obtained by the Liberals, included references to conducting searches on the assets of Mr Baillieu’s wife and children.

Cargill ultimately was appointed director of strategy when Hubbard left the office to work for then deputy Labor leader Julia Gillard in 2007.

By coincidence, this week marked the anniversary of another mysterious tip-off surrounding Julia Gillard and digging political dirt.

A year ago, a file of material was deposited in my parliamentary mail box on how to dig for dirt on political rivals. The document was titled Shadow Watch and offered tips for Labor on how to “track” and “neutralise” their Liberal opponents and how best to “share intell”.

It could have been a hoax, but it turned out it was not.

“One can bury a lot of one’s own troubles by digging in the dirt,” the documents said.

There was no information on the sender, but it was clear even then that someone in the Labor Party is running a dirt unit on the dirt unit.

A tough ask in Australia

? Sydney Morning Herald

The Victorian Government is finding it nigh on impossible to find someone to head their Anti-Corruption Commission. Perhaps unsurprising in a country whose ancestors were chosen by the best Judges in England to live there:

The Baillieu government is struggling to find a suitable head for its much-hyped anti-corruption commission, amid claims that the role is underpaid and a ”poisoned chalice”.

Some of the most senior figures in the Australian legal and judicial scene have declined approaches from the government during a long-running local and international search.

Sources have confirmed wariness about the job among the group targeted under the selection criteria, which requires the commissioner be a sitting or retired judge of the High Court, Supreme Court or Federal Court, or at least qualified for such positions.

”The government has been approaching a lot of people and hasn’t been able to secure anyone ? it’s a poisoned chalice,” a senior legal figure experienced in Victoria’s current system of integrity bodies told?The Age.

”Everybody who has occupied this position throughout Australia has been hammered. You can’t win. You have to have a thick skin and a masochistic temperament to be prepared to take this job on.”

Victoria to remove name suppression of kiddy fiddlers

The state of Victoria in Australia is making changes to remove the protection of name suppression for kiddy fiddlers:

The Victorian government will urgently consider repealing a law protecting the identities of child sex offenders.

But there are concerns such a change would increase the number of children harmed and encourage vigilante behaviour.

An inquiry headed by former Supreme Court judge Philip Cummins has made 90 recommendations to reform the state’s child protection system.

One of the most controversial, supported by a majority of the inquiry panel, is to repeal parts of the law relating to serious sex offenders that allows courts to suppress their names.

Premier Ted Baillieu says the government will seek advice from Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay and other justice officials about the recommendation and consider the experience in other jurisdictions.

“The government will be urgently seeking advice to deal with this matter,” he told parliament on Wednesday.

“The interests of children will take priority and do take priority for this government.

“Protecting children, families and the wider community is this government’s first priority.”

Of course there are those who like to hug pedos:

The premier’s announcement followed Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge saying on radio earlier on Wednesday that while she had personal sympathy for the recommendation, pedophiles’ rights had to be considered.

“We have to balance the rights of children and families also with … the rights of pedophiles,” she told Fairfax Radio.

Wrong. Pedophiles have no rights to even breathe.

What you get with Labour’s employment policy

Labour says that it’s employment policy is like Australia’s. So it is a logical conclusion that we will get strikes like Australia.

THE Premier, Barry O’Farrell, and his Victorian counterpart, Ted Baillieu, yesterday wrote to Julia Gillard urging her to use powers under the Fair Work Act to end the Qantas dispute.

In the latest round of industrial action against the airline, about 4000 baggage handlers and other ground crew will hold stopwork meetings today.

The stoppages will mean another day of long delays for passengers at international terminals, following yesterday’s 24-hour strike by customs staff over a pay dispute which both sides confirmed late yesterday was being resolved.

As industrial unrest swept the country, anger over stalled pay negotiations prompted more than 120,000 workers across more than two dozen federal government agencies to deliver a resounding ”no” verdict to 3 per cent pay rises.

At least nine of those agencies are now poised for industrial action or have taken action already, while at the state level more than 90,000 public school teachers will walk off the job for two hours next Wednesday.