Defeated Lib urged to take Kroger role

Original article by Rachel Baxendale
The Australian – Page: 8 : 6-Dec-18

Robert Clark and Marcia Coleman are tipped to be contenders to succeed Michael Kroger as president of the Liberal Party of Victoria. There is also support within the party for John Pesutto to nominate for the presidency, after he lost the seat of Hawthorn at the state election. The former shadow attorney-general has indicated that he may also be open to taking up a seat in the upper house. Meanwhile, Michael O’Brien is widely expected to be elected as Liberal leader at a partyroom meeting on 6 December.

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LIBERAL PARTY OF VICTORIA, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Aspiring Liberal leader Pesutto may lose seat

Original article by Ben Potter
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 7 : 29-Nov-18

Michael O’Brien and John Pesutto have declared that they will contest the Liberal Party of Victoria’s leadership following the resignation of Opposition leader Matthew Guy in the wake of the election rout. However, Pesutto may be ousted from the seat of Hawthorn, with Labor candidate John Kennedy taking a narrow lead in the latest vote counting. Labor is now expected to have about 55 seats in the new parliament, compared with around 28 for the Liberal-National coalition.

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LIBERAL PARTY OF VICTORIA, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, NATIONAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, VICTORIA. DEPT OF PREMIER AND CABINET

Victorian rout a federal crisis

Original article by Phillip Coorey, Ben Potter
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 6 : 26-Nov-18

Moderates in the federal Liberal Party have urged the government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison to change its "hard-right" approach to issues such as climate change following the heavy loss suffered by the Liberals in the Victorian election. Up to six federal Coalition seats in and around Melbourne are considered vulnerable following the result. Victoria’s Labor government is on track to win 55 out of the 88 seats in the Lower House. Former premier Jeff Kennett has called on state Liberal president Michael Kroger to resign on the back of the result, which saw Labor achieve a six percentage point primary swing. A special SMS Morgan Poll on the eve of the election showed that Premier Daniel Andrews was set to be re-elected with an increased majority of the vote.

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LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, LIBERAL PARTY OF VICTORIA, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET

Liberal Party to sell $30m Victorian HQ as state election looms

Original article by Nick Lenaghan
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 5-Sep-18

The Liberal Party of Victoria has engaged Colliers International to sell its headquarters at 104 Exhibition Street in Melbourne. The building was built in the 1930s and was acquired by the Liberal Party for $576,000 in 1976. Located close to QIC’s $800 million mixed development project at 80 Collins Street, it is expected to sell for around $30 million.

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LIBERAL PARTY OF VICTORIA, COLLIERS INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS (AUSTRALIA) LIMITED, QIC LIMITED, CORMACK FOUNDATION PTY LTD, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB

Enemies plot for Andrews’ head

Original article by John Ferguson, Samantha Hutchinson
The Australian – Page: 1 & 8 : 23-Mar-18

Labor figures have rejected claims by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews that he knew nothing about its rorts-for-votes scheme. They claim that either Andrews or caucus approved the scheme, which was engineered by former Labor treasurer John Lenders, and they contend that caucus had no knowledge of the scheme. Andrews’ factional enemies within the Labor party are keen to destabilise his leadership over the issue, and want Labor MPs involved in the scheme to disclose what they knew about it.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, VICTORIA. DEPT OF PREMIER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIAN GREENS, LIBERAL PARTY OF VICTORIA, VICTORIA. DEPT OF TREASURY AND FINANCE

Shorten ally has unofficial role in HSU

Original article by David Marin-Guzman
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 14 : 1-Dec-17

The Health Workers Union had sought to seek costs against former official Sel Sanli after he abandoned unfair dismissal proceedings against it. Sanli claimed HWU boss Diana Asmar sacked him because he refused to support the election of her husband David to an important role within Victorian Labor, of which he was a delegate. Sanli abandoned his claim after the HSU released phone records of him talking to escort workers and viewing pornography. However, the Fair Work Commission has dismissed the HWU’s cost claim, while finding that Sanli’s claims about his sacking were justified. It concluded David Asmar had a major influence on the HSU, despite not working for it.

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HEALTH WORKERS UNION, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. FAIR WORK COMMISSION, DELOITTE TOUCHE TOHMATSU LIMITED, HEALTH SERVICES UNION OF AUSTRALIA

Green voters snobs and closed to Labor

Original article by Greg Brown
The Australian – Page: 7 : 21-Nov-17

The Australian Labor Party surveyed just over 50 Greens voters in inner Melbourne for a period of six months, and has come to the conclusion that around 70 per cent of them are not worth targeting for votes. The ALP considers this group, which it has dubbed "Teal Greens", to be rich and anti-union, and to have a disdainful view of people who live in Melbourne’s outer suburbs. It has decided to concentrate on the remaining 30 per cent of inner city Greens voters, which it has dubbed "Red Greens". Greens MP Adam Bandt says the ALP’s assertions about its inner city supporters are nothing more than "fairy tales"

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIAN GREENS, ADANI MINING PTY LTD

Kroger pledges to fund Libs’ Cormack suit

Original article by John Ferguson
The Australian – Page: 6 : 13-Nov-17

The Victorian Liberal Party and the Cormack Foundation are at odds over who owns the Foundation’s $A70 million worth of assets. Liberal Party president Michael Kroger has threatened to take the Foundation to court if it does not agree to have their dispute arbitrated. Kroger has stated that he will pay up to $A1 million of any legal costs that the Liberal Party might incur if the matter goes to court and the party loses the case.

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LIBERAL PARTY OF VICTORIA, CORMACK FOUNDATION PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, VICTORIAN TRADES HALL COUNCIL, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ

Former Liberal boss gets five years’ jail, and a further AFP probe

Original article by Rick Wallace, Pia Akerman
The Australian – Page: 3 : 20-Jul-16

The Australian Federal Police may undertake an investigation into Damien Mantach, the former director of the Liberal Party of Victoria. The Victorian County Court has given him a maximum jail term of five years after he was convicted of defrauding the party of $A1.56m using false invoices. Mantach will be eligible for parole after two years and eight months. The Federal Government has referred Mantach’s case to the AFP, amid concerns that he may also have embezzled federal party funds.

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LIBERAL PARTY OF VICTORIA, AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE, COUNTY COURT OF VICTORIA, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FINANCE