Baillieu has 'done something honourable' in quitting
Deputy Liberal leader Louise Asher said former premier Ted Baillieu, who dramatically stood down from the top job last night, told her he did not have the support of his colleagues.
Ms Asher said Mr Baillieu's decision to resign was honourable and in the best interests of the party.
"He obviously felt he did not have the support of his colleagues to continue on in the job," she said.
"Ted advised me that he felt he did not have the confidence to continue on in the job. That was the conclusion he came to ... I think he has done something honourable ."
Weary Coalition MPs filed into State Parliament this morning, with Treasurer Kim Wells describing yesterday as "probably the most difficult day I have had in 20 years of Parliament".
Mr Wells said Mr Baillieu was the most decent man he had ever met.
"The Premier put Victoria and the Liberal Party ahead of himself."
Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge said Mr Baillieu had done a fantastic job but she looked forward to working with Dr Napthine.
Mr Baillieu arrived at Parliament about 8.30am. He told waiting reporters he had already had a swim and was feeling OK.
Independent MP Geoff Shaw entered Parliament from the front steps - most enter from the back door - and told reporters he "always works for Frankston".
Parliament began in inglorious fashion with Opposition Leader Daniel Andrew's attempt to congratulate Dr Napthine and wish Mr Baillieu well denied by the Coalition.
Rowdy Labor MPs yelled it was a disgrace.
Transport minister Terry Mulder hit back, yelling across the room and stating Labor was a disgrace for calling a division - essentially a vote call that requires MPs to return to the chamber - on Wednesday night during Dr Napthine's first press conference as Premier.
Mr Mulder was ejected from Parliament by Speaker Ken Smith, as was another minister, Nicholas Kotsiras.
Yelling continued for several minutes and Labor MPs James Merlino and Steve Herbert were also turfed.
Elizabeth Miller, the Bentleigh MP who effectively delivered power to the Liberals at the 2010 election, broke down in tears in the chamber as she thanked Mr Baillieu for his hard work as Premier.
Mr Shaw was in parliament on the cross benches.
Mr Baillieu was not in the house.