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Live: Victoria on the edge - Napthine, Andrews to address media

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Angus Holland

Good morning and welcome to our rolling coverage of the political crisis unfolding in Victoria. Stand by for a press conference by Daniel Andrews at 9.45am, followed by a Denis Napthine press conference scheduled for 10.15am.

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Daniel Andrews: Time to deal with Geoff Shaw

Opposition Leader says the priority is dealing with Geoff Shaw's contempt of Parliament, and will wait until next Tuesday before making a decision on a no confidence motion.

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  • Big, bold Dennis. Has spent the best part of 2 years pandering to Shaw, even allowing his Coalition stacked Parliamentary Committee, to exonerate him of misusing OUR money for personal gain, and then when it doesn't suit Dennis, he declares he will find a way of charging him. Well done Dennis. Better to be thought of as stupid than to open your mouth and prove it. You absolute Hypocrite. Roll on the election.

    Commenter
    Eddie
    Location
    Ormond
    Date and time
    June 04, 2014, 6:18PM
    • Ok Mr Andrews, time for some visionary policies for this state.Stop the huffing and puffing, and tell us what your mob will do differently on issues such as TAFE funding, renewable energy, health, jobs etc

      Commenter
      Al48
      Location
      Gippsland
      Date and time
      June 04, 2014, 12:52PM
      • What Labor should do is trigger an early election so that the Victorian people have a chance to vote regarding the issue of the East West link. This current government has no mandate to build it and considering that it will take up most of the state infrastructure spending for years to come, it is an issue important enough to trigger an election for. Unless of course Labor wants the EW link built but doesn't want to shoulder the responsibility.

        Commenter
        Sun Ra
        Date and time
        June 04, 2014, 12:24PM
        • Spot on! Let's see the secret business case and a full public cost benefit analysis that for this huge project Victorian taxpayers are to be made financial guarantors without their consent for the next 30 years. The attempt to push the signing of the contract without public scrutiny before the next election is immoral.

          Commenter
          Mick
          Date and time
          June 04, 2014, 3:01PM
      • If the Premier says "we" believe Shaw ought to be punished then why did the Committee stacked with members of his party advise that he ought not be sanctioned?

        Commenter
        tasch2
        Location
        Mornington Peninsula
        Date and time
        June 04, 2014, 12:23PM
        • Our Parliament can not get rid of Shaw soon enough. It is clear that he only has his own survival in mind as a priority and he is prepared to hold the entire functioning of our state government hostage to ensure that he stays in his seat. The man’s arrogance is beyond belief. I’m NO supporter of the Liberals, but that he would pull this stunt shows breathtaking self-interest at work. If he survives and gets re-elected, then that will final confirmation of the stupidity and ignorance of a large chunk of the population.

          Commenter
          Rich
          Location
          Melbourne
          Date and time
          June 04, 2014, 12:08PM
          • Is there any other member of the Victorian Parliament other than Geoff Shaw? You wouldn't think so...

            Commenter
            ALAN WEARNE
            Location
            WOLLONGONG
            Date and time
            June 04, 2014, 11:59AM
            • Daniel Andrews always appears to have a hidden agenda.
              And what a laughable request from a labor leader - "let's go see the queens representative to sort this out"!!
              little, little man.

              Commenter
              tedx
              Date and time
              June 04, 2014, 11:46AM
              • The Queens Representative happens to be a former Justice of the Supreme Court and Victorian Court of Appeal. I would be most interested to hear his opinion on the matter if I were the leader of either party.

                Commenter
                tasch2
                Location
                Mornington Peninsula
                Date and time
                June 04, 2014, 12:18PM
              • I don't see how it is laughable. Andrews can get rid of this government at any moment. He was giving Napthine the option of avoiding a messy brawl in parliament - which he would lose - and just jumping ahead to the governor dissolving it. Clearly that works for Labor too as they wouldn't wear the public's irritation at having to go to the polls early. Napthine didn't want to accept that offer. Time will tell if that decision works out for him.

                Commenter
                Dags
                Date and time
                June 04, 2014, 5:14PM
            • The Governor is the Queen and we should definitely try to solve this via our elected representatives, not the Queen. There is no need for the Governor to get involved in decision making. If there is a loss of confidence vote, then the Governor can play the formal and mechanical role of calling for a new election. But there should be no pre-empting that. As much as I personally welcome an election/by-election and the probable change of government, interference by the monarchy is too high a price to pay.

              Commenter
              tim
              Date and time
              June 04, 2014, 11:28AM
              • An election now and the ousting of the LNP will be a chance for the public to see the East West business plan details and to have a genuine public cost benefit analysis done on Victoria's biggest ever infrastructure project. A win for democracy. Bring it on Mr Shaw!

                Commenter
                Mick
                Date and time
                June 04, 2014, 11:26AM
                • Daniel Andrews was made to look a fool last night on ABC Lateline by Emma Alberici. When asked why, if there was a constitutional crisis as he suggests, he wasn't pursuing the mechanism laid down in the relevant Act he couldn't give a coherent answer and reverted to his pre-rehearsed script. It is clear he doesn't have the spine to pull the constitutional trigger available to him and just wants to play politics and continue to disrupt the Victorian Parliament in cohoots with Geoff Shaw. The ball's in his court but he is scared to play. As an alternative Premier he is clearly not up to it.

                  Commenter
                  Pollie watcher
                  Date and time
                  June 04, 2014, 11:01AM
                  • I don't know if others agree here, but I think the governor should just step in and dissolve this parliament. Let's just get this election over and done with now.

                    Commenter
                    Darren
                    Location
                    Melbourne
                    Date and time
                    June 04, 2014, 10:36AM
                    • I do not agree. The state is NOT in crisis. The Government hasn't lost the power to govern. The House doesn't even sit today...

                      Commenter
                      Mike
                      Location
                      Ballan, Vic.
                      Date and time
                      June 04, 2014, 11:51AM
                    • The Governor doesn't need to intervene at all. Andrews just needs to have the spine to pull the constitutional trigger available to him but he is intent on playing politics and continuing to disrupt the Victorian Parliament in cahoots with Geoff Shaw. The ball is in his court but he is too scared to play. As an alternative Premier he lacks the courage, integrity and leadership skills to do the job.

                      Commenter
                      Allan
                      Date and time
                      June 04, 2014, 11:57AM
                  • What a stuffup from Andrews to pre-empt IBAC's investigation and try to oust Geoff Shaw. He should do a deal with him and bring a successful motion of no confidence. If Napthine wanted an election 6 or 12 months ago it's doing him a favour. And it'll be Labor's atonement for wrecking the state's constitution.

                    Commenter
                    Brainiac
                    Location
                    Spring Street
                    Date and time
                    June 04, 2014, 10:33AM
                    • I don't think Andrews has stuffed up at all, totally disgree with you on that! I hope Geoff Shaw just diappears from politics altogether. I feel sorry for the folks in Frankston

                      Commenter
                      just saying
                      Location
                      Melbourne
                      Date and time
                      June 04, 2014, 11:41AM
                    • Quite right. Australian politics is only for unprincipled, self serving, lobbyist corrupted men and women. Geoff doesn't fit the bill.

                      Commenter
                      Thomas
                      Date and time
                      June 04, 2014, 3:08PM

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