To wrap up our live coverage of Victoria's political crisis, in summary:
Victorian Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews has shied away from triggering the immediate downfall of the Napthine government by pushing to have rogue MP Geoff Shaw expelled from Parliament.
In response, the Premier said he would not be held to ransom by Mr Shaw, while Mr Andrews said he would not do any deals with the independent MP. FULL STORY
Premier Denis Napthine says he will not concede to Shaw's demands.
Here's the "official" tweets now from Premier Denis Napthine and Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews from this morning's fallout...
The people of Frankston can do much better than Geoff Shaw and that's why Labor will move to expel him from Parliament #springst
— Daniel Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) June 4, 2014
“We are getting constitutional and legal advice to make sure Geoff Shaw is held fully accountable for his actions” –Premier #SpringSt 1/2— Denis Napthine (@Vic_Premier) June 4, 2014
“ .. And any decision of the Parliament actually sticks and is not challenged in the High Court.” –Premier on Geoff Shaw #SpringSt 2/2— Denis Napthine (@Vic_Premier) June 4, 2014
We're now waiting to hear from Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews' office about what they plan to do next, in response to the Premier's earlier statements. After Mr Andrews pledged to move to expel Geoff Shaw from Parliament, Dr Napthine responded by saying, in a nutshell, let's not rush into things...
Opposition leader Daniel Andrews after a media conference at Parliament House on Wednesday. Photo: Joe Armao
Here's the video of Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews from earlier where he revealed he would move to expel rogue MP Geoff Shaw from parliament...
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.PT1M7S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-39hyf 620 349 June 4, 2014
The Premier is certainly having a challenging day - here's the scene at his next stop of the day, in Bendigo, after his Wedderburn press conference, where he has been greeted by protesting nurses, firefighters and community service workers...
Some responses to this morning's events from Twitter...
Daniel Andrews doing the right thing - expel Shaw from Vic Parliament. Shaw is a greaseball. #auspol— QueenChristina (@ChristineEwing7) June 4, 2014
Daniel Andrews should have really got across his stuff before appearing on national television— Michael Roddan (@MichaelRoddan) June 4, 2014
— Jack Hale (@Jack_H13) June 4, 2014
Here's a full transcript of the Premier's press conference out of Wedderburn, near Bendigo this morning: CLICK HERE
More now from Labor leader Bill Shorten's press conference, where he attempted to relate the Victorian crisis to national issues, saying: "Australians are fundamentally angry at Tony Abbott lying before the election, saying and doing anything to get elected and once he's in there, pretending to people where's the problem? Where 's the problem? It's Tony Abbott, and Denis Napthine knows that too ... No Liberal Premier wants a by-election at the moment, because if there's one person other than Geoff Shaw that Denis Napthine's unhappy with, it's Tony Abbott."
Labor leader Bill Shorten: "No Liberal premier wants a by-election at the moment". Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
To recap: Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews this morning promised he would move to have rogue MP Geoff Shaw expelled from Parliament. He said it was an "appropriate penalty" for Shaw's behaviour. It is a strategy our state political editor, Josh Gordon, has described as a “clever strategic move.” Premier Denis Napthine responded by saying he would seek legal advice but also promised he wanted to see Geoff Shaw punished, but did not specify what that might entail.
Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews: a clever strategic move. Photo: Joe Armao
ABC election analyst Antony Green wrote this explainer last night, summarising that "to date Mr Andrews and the Labor Party seem uncertain they have the ammunition to blast Dr Napthine out of government".
Crap! It always makes sense until Antony Green explains it. Few probs, main one is you need damn good reason to expell an MP. #springst— Darren (@djmer1) June 4, 2014
Dr Napthine has also said he will not allow Geoff Shaw to introduce abortion reforms, Richard Willingham reports. Dr Napthine also described Mr Shaw's demands for a judicial appointment as "ludicrous". He said: "I'm saying to the Labor party that their track record in recent times, has been a track record on a misunderstanding of the constitution, misunderstanding of the Governor’s role based on wanting to be a wrecker, rather than a builder.” He added: "What they are seeking to do is score cheap political points.''
Meanwhile, the Premier continues to work hard to project a facade of business-as-usual.
Summarising the Premier’s press conference, Richard Willingham reports Dr Napthine said the government did not want to rush into something that could be challenged in court so it was seeking legal advice.
* He would not answer questions on a possible byelection if Mr Shaw was expelled. “We don’t want to rush into something that may potentially go to the high court and Geoff Shaw walk away without paying account for his actions.”
* He also said he was not meeting with Mr Andrews because it was inappropriate to involve Governor Alex Chernov in the political matter. “The governor must be, in the Westminister system, independent and above day to day politics,’’ Dr Napthine said.
* Using language similar to former Prime Minister Julia Gillard to describe Tony Abbott, he described Mr Andrews as “a wrecker”.
To summarise this morning’s developments, Richard Willingham reports that rogue MP Geoff Shaw will be punished but it must be done appropriately and to ensure that it cannot be challenged in court, Premier Denis Napthine has declared.
Speaking in Wedderburn College in Central Victoria the Premier vowed to punish Mr Shaw and was much stronger in his language against Mr Shaw and ensuring he was held to account. “Geoff Shaw has done the wrong thing,’’ Dr Napthine said. “Geoff Shaw must be held fully accountable for his wrongful actions, he must be made to pay the price and will ensure he pays the price.’’
To recap how we got into this parliamentary crisis:
* In November Geoff Shaw declares he has no confidence in Speaker Ken Smith. It follows tensions between the two MPs, which are thought to stem from Smith's decision to refer Shaw to the lower house's secretive privileges committee over the misuse of his taxpayer-funded car.
* In May, The secretive privileges committee hands down its final report into Shaw's misuse of his parliamentary car. Labor says it will seek to move a motion to find Shaw in contempt of parliament.
* Yesterday Geoff Shaw declared he will support a no-confidence motion against the Premier and government. Premier reveals that Shaw has ridiculous demands, and he will no longer be "held to ransom" by the rogue MP.
* This morning Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews has said he will move to have Geoff Shaw expelled from parliament next week, which may result in a byelection in the seat of Frankston.
A spokesman for Geoff Shaw has just said the balance-of-power MP would release a statement today.
Shaw set to put out a statement- hopefully sooner rather than later #springst— Henrietta Cook (@henriettacook) June 4, 2014
The Premier's media team is working hard to keep up the impression of a Government continuing to govern...
— Denis Napthine (@Vic_Premier) June 4, 2014
What happens now?
- Former speaker Ken Smith has previously said he would vote with Labor on a proposal to find Mr Shaw in contempt of parliament. If that were to happen Shaw could be expelled from parliament as one of the possible penalties
- If Geoff Shaw is expelled from parliament that could trigger a byelection in his seat of Frankston. Daniel Andrews says that could be held as soon as the 12th or 19th of July.
- Shaw, meanwhile, has pledged to vote with Labor on a vote of no confidence in Denis Napthine's government. However that would require Mr Shaw's vote alongside Labor. Mr Andrews says Mr Shaw would be expelled from Parliament and would therefore be unable to vote on such a proposal.
The conclusion of today so far, says Ben Preiss - if Geoff Shaw is expelled from parliament, as Daniel Andrews today said he would call for, Mr Shaw won't be able to vote with Labor on a motion of no confidence in the government.
I'm free if anyone needs me. #springst— Fake Ex-Premier Ted (@ExPremierTed) June 4, 2014
Cartoonist Matt Golding's view...
The Premier is now leaving the press conference at Wedderburn College.
The Premier met by paramedics outside Wedderburn college. Talks briefly to them pic.twitter.com/FVNvD2GqbD— Andrew Lund (@andrew_lund) June 4, 2014
To summarise the Premier’s press conference: Richard Willingham reports Mr Napthine says he will not rush any action against Geoff Shaw to ensure the right penalty, which cannot be challenged, is imposed on the Frankston MP. "We believe he should be punished and punished appropriately". He says discussion of a by-election was hypothetical. He also says it was inappropriate for Daniel Andrews to try to involve the governor to solve the impasse. Echoing language used by former prime minister Julia Gillard to describe Tony Abbott Dr Napthine labelled Mr Andrews "a wrecker".
From earlier, here's the Age's view on the report by the Parliamentary Privileges Committee, the result of 18 months investigation of allegations that Geoff Shaw had rorted his parliamentary entitlements. The committe split on party lines with a Coalition majority finding Mr Shaw was not in contempt of Parliament. However Liberal MP and former speaker Ken Smith said he would vote with the Opposition if it was to bring on a motion that Mr Shaw was in contempt of parliament. There has, incidentally, been considerable personal animosity between Mr Smith and Mr Shaw.
There are issues with live TV coverage from the Premier's press conference - apparently he chose a broadcast black spot for the location!
State political editor Josh Gordon has described recent events as a "clever clever strategic move by Daniel Andrews". He explains: On Tuesday night, Dr Napthine said Geoff Shaw had made outrageous and unreasonable demands, and outed him for demanding a particular judicial appointment. Andrews has effectively called Napthine's bluff. Now that Labor is promising to move a motion to expel Shaw from Parliament, the premier will now look disingenuous if he doesn't support it. But if he does support it, a byelection could well happen in Frankston. A bit of a pickle for Napthine.
Geoff Shaw must "pay the price", says the Premier. He doesn't want any decision to expel the independent MP to end up in the High Court. The Premier says he doesn't want Geoff Shaw and his "army of lawyers" rushing off to court if any decision isn't "watertight".
Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten has commented on the state crisis...
Bill Shorten: the last thing Napthine wants is a by-election... any by-election will become a referendum on abbott's rotten budget #springst— Farrah Tomazin (@FarrahTomazin) June 4, 2014
While the Premier says it's "totally inappropriate" to involve the Governor in a discussion of a potential constitutional crisis, he did say the government is seeking advice on whether Geoff Shaw should be expelled.
Richard Willingham reports that Premier Napthine says his government is still seeking legal advice on the Privileges Committee issue but wants to ensure that Mr Shaw is punished. But Dr Napthine has stopped short of backing the MP being expelled. He also said it was inappropriate for Daniel Andrews to involve the governor to try to find a solution to the impasse.
Daniel Andrews is "going like a bull at a gate" says Denis Napthine...
#springst Premier not saying if he'll support Labor contempt motion against Shaw. Says govt getting advice to make any decision watertight— Alison Savage (@alisavage) June 4, 2014
ANALYSIS: Age reporter Benjamin Preiss just attended Daniel Andrews' press conference. He tells us that Andrews focussed on Shaw rather than immediately calling for a no-confidence motion in the government he appears to have avoided an immediate constitutional crisis.
The Premier will not confirm whether or not he will support a Labor motion to expell rogue MP Geoff Shaw...
Denis Napthine has said it is totally inappropriate to involve the governor in the political crisis...
Premier Denis Napthine has begun his press conference saying "we can't rush into these things."
"We can't rush into these things" Napthine on action against Shaw. #springst— Richard Willingham (@rwillingham) June 4, 2014
We're now waiting for Premier Denis Napthine to begin his press conference in Bendigo and respond to Daniel Andrews.
Premier seems to be in a good mood. He's speaking to media now at Wedderburn School, just north of Bendigo.
Andrews: "We have got a government that simply will not put people first. I want to change that, whether it's at any early election or the November 29 election."
And on another note if you have spotted Geoff Shaw about this morning we'd love to hear where - firstname.lastname@example.org
For the record, this is the statement in full from the Premier, Denis Napthine, last night: CLICK HERE
Daniel Andrews has just said he is prepared to go to an early election...
One thing worth thinking about
Frankston byelection could cost $350,000 just 4 months from election #springst— Lucille Keen (@lucillekeen) June 4, 2014
Mr Andrews says he does not see a need to speak with former speaker Ken Smith, pictured here with rogue MP Geoff Shaw.
Ken Smith, left and Geoff Shaw. The MPs are at the centre of political turmoil in Victoria.
Meanwhile, Geoff Shaw's still debating whether he should turn up to work today...
Andrews has criticised the Premier for waiting months until revealing Shaw's attempts at "extorting" him by asking him to appoint a friend to a judicial post. "There's no deals here," Andrews says. "We are going to move that Geoff Shaw is expelled from the Parliament." He says it is an "appropriate penalty" for Shaw's behaviour.
MP Geoff Shaw Photo: Michael Clayton-Jones
Napthine's not just copping flak from the Opposition today - protesters have gathered outside the Wedderburn school he's currently speaking at
Not that the Premier looks too concerned...
Andrews says if Shaw is not expelled "this dysfunction and the chaos of the last three years will simply continue". He confirms he will pass the budget, ensuring government workers are paid, saying the the budget of the state is more important than people who authored it.
Andrews continues to take the press gallery's questions...
"The premier has made it very clear he is not interested in meeting to discuss these matters," Andrews has just said, accusing Dr Napthine of "scurrying off to country Victoria." He says Napthine "could not get away from the media fast enough."
Meanwhile, in Wedderburn...
It's been a big day for political rhetoric, as Age state politics reporter Henrietta Cook points out...
@alisavage and balls in oh so many courts!— Henrietta Cook (@henriettacook) June 4, 2014
How the political crisis unfolded: here's a useful backgrounder by Henrietta Cook.
Labor will put forward an expulsion motion "to deal with Geoff Shaw once and for all," Daniel Andrews says. He called Denis Napthine's relationship with Shaw a "long and colourful protection racket." He says "We'll wait and see if the government will do the right thing."
So many gauntlets being thrown all over the joint #springst — Alison Savage (@alisavage) June 3, 2014
Daniel Andrews says a by-election can be held in Frankston as early as July 12 or 14 if there is a vote to expel Mr Shaw. He says: "I want the government out of the Victorian parliament and I will move that way next Tuesday."
Andrews: "This is a shambles. This is chaotic. This is not what Victorians voted for."
Daniel Andrews has reiterated: "I want Geoff Shaw out of the Parliament and I will move that way next Tuesday." He says: "This government is a shambles."
Daniel Andrews: "It's time to act on Geoff Shaw and that is exactly what our party will do on Tuesday next week ... finding him in contempt and expelling him from Victorian parliament."
Daniel Andrews is speaking live now. He says: he will move next week to get Geoff Shaw found in contempt of Parliament. "The only person suggesting that Shaw should remain in parliament is Denis Napthine".
.@DanielAndrewsMP says he'll seek to move a contempt motion against Geoff Shaw on Tuesday and have him expelled pic.twitter.com/XwQw4Vj4d4 — Frances Bell (@bellfrances) June 3, 2014
"The situation now confronting the state parliament could have made a plot for a Shakespearean drama," writes state political editor Josh Gordon.
Appears that Labor have switched from Opposition to alternate-government mode...
Why Victoria's parliament is in crisis, to recap:
* Geoff Shaw, the independent member for Frankston and formerly a Liberal MP, told ABC radio that he no longer trusted the government and would support a no-confidence motion in the premier and in the government.
* Premier Napthine told a press conference last night he had been issued with some demands by Mr Shaw on Monday night and he found that Shaw was "extraordinary".
* Daniel Andrews said he wanted to enter discussions with Dr Napthine this morning and to discuss the issues the issues with the Governor of Victoria.
* Dr Napthine this morning said he would not meet with Mr Andrews. He said in a statement: "I do not believe there is any reason for me to meet privately with Mr Andrews."
Napthine's school tour continues. Normally such an event wouldn't get this level of media coverage...
Here's the Premier this morning. While the crisis is unfolding, he's talking to students at Wedderburn College in Wedderburn, just north of Bendigo.
Premier tells class he will ban teachers who barrack for Collingwood. #springst— Andrew Lund (@andrew_lund) June 3, 2014
As Victoria's political crisis enters its second day we'll be bringing you live updates through the morning. We'll be covering a press converence with Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews shortly, with Premier Denis Napthine expected to give his own conference at 10.15am.