Here is a proud man

Shamefaced

That’s Daniel Andrews – the Victorian ALP leader.

I’ve only seen him in action twice. The first time as a talking head on election night in 2010 when the Brumby government unexpectedly lost the state election and then recently when it looked like the Napthine government might fall on the floor of the Parliament.

On both occasions he was very impressive. The last couple of days, however, he has been underwhelming. He must know it too – look at the body language and the shamed face.

The Baillieu and Napthine governments have been particularly underwhelming and, until the weekend, it looked like Andrews was going to be the next Premier. But now even The Age are editorialising about his competence:

Labor leader Daniel Andrews and some of his party officials must believe Victorians are dupes, because the explanation they have offered about what happened to a journalist’s tape recorder after it came into the custody of Labor operatives is manifestly implausible and patently disingenuous.

Labor’s response has been fundamentally dishonest. Why didn’t Mr Samaras return the recorder when he saw the Fairfax Media sticker on the back? Why didn’t Mr Carroll or Mr McLindon direct their colleague to return it? Why did they even discuss distributing it? How many other memory sticks were there with copies? Who passed a copy of the Baillieu conversation to Liberal operatives? When exactly was the recorder destroyed? We could go on.

Andrew Bolt does go on:

How strange. How convenient.

His chief of staff did not tell Daniel Andrews about the tape.

His press secretary did not tell Daniel Andrews about the tape.

His party’s secretary did not tell Daniel Andrews about the tape.

His party’s assistant secretary did not tell Daniel Andrews about the tape.

His party’s lawyers did not tell Daniel Andrews about the tape.

Is Daniel Andrews telling the truth, or does he really not have a clue what his team does when he’s not in the room?

Over on Twitter the luvvies are trying to hang this on the journalist. Well that’s not going to work and will only serve to further annoy The Age and make the ALP look bad.

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79 Responses to Here is a proud man

  1. Up The Workers!

    Daniel Andrews doesn’t have a clue what’s going on even when DANIEL ANDREWS is in the room!

  2. Tim Neilson

    Baillieu did absolutely nothing.
    Which wasn’t a bad thing.
    A government which does absolutely nothing is a government that isn’t squandering vast amounts of money on grandiose follies. Bailieu’s inertia was a contributing factor to Victoria’s public finances drifting back towards sustainability.
    And that’s about as good as it’s ever going to get in the People’s Republic of Victoria.

  3. Up The Workers!

    Franchises are a wonderful thing.

    “Big Bill” Ludwig owns the A.L.P.’s Queensland franchise.

    “Honest Eddie” Obeid owns the A.L.P.’s N.S.W. franchise, and

    John Setka and the C.F.M.E.U. own the A.L.P.’s Victorian franchise and for the moment, they employ Daniel Andrews (aka “Setka’s Sorbent”) to run about daily making apologies, denials, cover-ups and acting as general doormat and toady for the thugs, crims and pocket-liners who pull his strings.

    “Big Bill” Ludwig knows a bargain when he sees it – at least HIS franchise entitled him to the “naming rights” of A.L.P. Federal Leaders.

    With Andrews’ performance being what it has been of late, I reckon Setka and the C.F.M.E.U. have already consulted “The Cobbler” for a custom-made set of bespoke concrete shoes for the hapless jug-eared one. I’d stay well away from building sites and waterways for a while, if I were you, Daniel.

  4. H B Bear

    Obviously it is difficult to live with yourself when you are given your running orders by the CFMEU.

    Won’t make any difference to the people of Victoriastan though. They will welcome the return of their union overlords.

  5. Greigoz

    The Labor & the Left taking on The Age – how delightful!
    Let’s do nothing, but sit back and enjoy it.

  6. Sinclair Davidson

    Here is my take on Baillieu.

  7. Badjack

    It is the ‘eyes’ that tell the story about that bloke. SHIFTY.
    There are plenty of people who can ‘talk’ a good game but lack the talent and ticker to ‘play’ a good game. He fits the bill to a T.

  8. Tom

    In all of this, remember The Age’s constituency is 100% Greenfilth. The Liars are just the Greenfilth parasite’s host. The Liars are the enemy, except when they are being eaten by the parasite in government.

  9. Ant

    Andrews was “impressive” on election night? I recall watching that too, but can’t say he came across that way at my end.

    Depends, I suppose.

    If the ALP need a big-mouthed union lapdog who’s ignorant as to the rose of state government, incompetent at leading that role and who excels only at BSing the media, then he’s just the ticket.

    But I do wonder if the CFMEU require a simple leash and collar, or a leash and chest harness, or a leash and ‘Gentle Leader’ over his snout to steer him in the direction they demand.

    I suspect it’s the former.

    Go Danny! Fetch! Woof!

    (Great work by The Age in plastering that photo on their front page this morning. Did they miss the memo?)

  10. daggers

    dupes ????

    Weaselword.
    They mean dopes, but that’s too plain spoken for the writers of the Age.

  11. MACK1

    Just because Danny talks reasonably plausibly doesn’t mean he has any ability to manage the State’s affairs. Even Julia could string a few words together and make a joke, but she had no managerial skills or competence whatsoever. Beware the television-savvy but superficial front-men – the ALP has quite a few.

  12. H B Bear

    Great photo. I thought Fauxfacts had canned all their photographers in their self-liquidation?

  13. Up The Workers!

    How right you are, Tom #1397944.

    “Big fleas have little fleas
    Upon their backs to bite’em;
    And little fleas have lesser fleas,
    And so, ‘ad infinitum’”.

    It is said that when you lay down with dogs, you wake up with fleas.

    Never has a political party been so flea-infested, as the A.L.P.

  14. Megan

    Won’t make any difference to the people of Victoriastan though. They will welcome the return of their union overlords.

    There will be no welcome for that lot at Casa Megan, let me assure you.

  15. Token

    Over on Twitter the luvvies are trying to hang this on the journalist. Well that’s not going to work and will only serve to further annoy The Age and make the ALP look bad.

    Enjoy the short window of time. Soon Tamazin will be told it is her duty as a woman to take one for the male leader of the party and for the greater good.

    That is how the left rolls.

  16. .Dr.Sir Fred Lenin

    I cant imagine what anyone sees in the really well known and popular leader of the Victorian branch of the Liars Parody,mr Wossisname.he looks like comrade combet ,another Bloody Aparatchik.boring as a wet weekend,and As Usual A Total Unmitigated Liar. put the Boot into him and his union criminal mates.

  17. Ant

    I was just thinking that, Token.

    Two steps forward, one step back…

  18. Dr Faustus

    Liars Parody

    An example of a written Rorschach Test?

  19. Splatacrobat

    If it was a news corp recorder Fairfax couldn’t have given too shits about the story. They would have run dead on the issue or at least blamed Tony Abbott for causing disunity in Victoria.
    Its a rerun of the mischief making that went on Australia day where they run schoolboy pranks for shits and giggles. The problem is they always fail.

  20. Empire

    Let’s hope the long suffering lifters of the PRV have escaped a fate worse than a Liberal government…the Victorian ALP occupying the treasuring benches.

  21. Sinclair Davidson

    Betting market has ALP $1.36 to win Vic state election. Coalition $3.05.

  22. C.L.

    He must know it too – look at the body language and the shamed face.

    He looks like he just assaulted a Shetland pony.

  23. Empire

    Well, I’m hoping the socialist Napthine can do a Wotan.

  24. Infidel Tiger

    The left are incapable of shame. If they were the, ladies toilets would be full of them hanging from the rafters.

    He will be elected in a landslide and Victoria will return to its natural state: Communism. Barely anyone will notice the difference.

  25. David

    Won’t make any difference to the people of Victoriastan though. They will welcome the return of their union overlords.
    No they bloody well won’t Mr Bear. There was enough of us to see off the CFMEU franchise [also known as the ALP] last time. Hopefully there will be again.
    If not I’m with you Megan. Another term of the wastrels will be enough to make Tasmania look good.

  26. C.L.

    You know, it occurs to me that Australian politics is a lot like the Israel/Palestinian conflict.

    As soon as the Israelis get the upper hand, the Palestinians position all their rockets in schools, hospitals and aged care facilities; then the media cries about the body count and the community falls in behind Hamas.

  27. entropy

    Of course the journo was at fault!

    Leaving that dictaphone at the conference is the equivalent of leaving a bowl of uncovered meat for the cats to find.
    /giggle

  28. Toiling Mass

    Age readers disenchanted with Labor don’t send their votes to the Libs.

  29. Craig Mc

    “Chain Of Custody” ALP luvvies. Look it up sometime. You might come up with better lies after you have.

  30. sabrina

    As I wrote yesterday, anyone voting this mod will need a brain scan.
    Having said that, there are obfuscators and “can not remember” typw of politicians on either side. Performances in recent and past various inquiry commissions tell us who they are. All of them are well paid.
    But this Labor mob is one of the worst. Why do they come to politics?

  31. JohnA

    “Why do they come to politics?”

    Sabrina, they go into politics to do good, and eventually end up doing very well, indeed.

  32. cuckoo

    Give Andrews a break. It could happen to anyone. After all, when the IRS in America targetted conservative political committees, this was known even to the white house chief of staff. But Obama only learned about it by reading the newspapers.

  33. Petros

    Need the /sarc tag there cuckoo.

  34. H B Bear

    No they bloody well won’t Mr Bear. There was enough of us to see off the CFMEU franchise [also known as the ALP] last time. Hopefully there will be again.

    Don’t hold your breath.

  35. Fisky

    Enjoy the short window of time. Soon Tamazin will be told it is her duty as a woman to take one for the male leader of the party and for the greater good.

    We all know about victim poker where gays beat Jews and Muslims beat gays, etc, but the Party always comes before everything. Tomazin will be thrown under a bus. I’m tipping Plibersek to have a quiet chat with her.

  36. Up The Workers!

    Photo Caption: “I didn’t poo my pants again, mum. That smell isn’t coming from me. Promise!”

  37. goatjam

    “Baillieu did absolutely nothing.
    Which wasn’t a bad thing.”

    I disagree. There were tonnes of nanny state programs and assorted union featherbedding projects and the like that were put in place by Labor over the years and it was his job to try and undo some of that.

    If we are simply to expect Liberal governments to “do nothing” in between decade longs bouts of Labor mismanagement and corruption then how do you ever expect things to get better?

    Rushing forward with the Liars Party driving us towards complete economic/social collapse with only a short pause for breath every decade or so is simply not good enough.

  38. twostix

    Weren’t The Age busted for “hacking” into an ALP database?

    Didn’t they protest that they had been given access to the database by an ALP staffer where they then trolled through and copied large amounts of private constituent information?

    Then were hung out to dry by the ALP about it?

    Perhaps there’s some payback going on.

  39. roger connolly

    The luvvies wouldn’t know what day of the week it is when it comes to governing or for that matter being in opposition, just like Andrews wouldn’t. It’s the EXPECTATION written all over their faces that Abbott and Napthine are an aberration and the luvvies will get their snouts back in the troughs before long because governing Australia is owned by the Labor Greens as long as they CON THE MEDIA that, wink-wink nudge-nudge, these two are the most hopeless idiots ever to be elected to OUR (meaning THEIR) parliaments.THAT’S why they’ll lose. It’s called LABOR GREEN and now PALMER ONE EYED ARROGANCE and enough people won’t wear it. They never do.

  40. H B Bear

    Unless Andrews can get up and lie through his teeth at a press conference without looking like that he is going to have a short career in the Labor Party. Perhaps Professor Julia Gillard could give him some coaching?

  41. Robbo

    Andrews isn’t stupid but he is a bloody liar and, even worse for a politician, he is a bad liar. Don’t try and tell me he wasn’t informed about what was going on with that stolen recorder because such a claim lacks total credibility. Right alongside him is his deputy Merlino who, unlike Andrews, is stupid and is also a bloody liar. Last week both of them were emphatically denying that they or anyone in the Labor Party had anything at all to do with that recorder. Fast forward a few days and that story was exposed as a lie and a coverup. These shifty bastards are still engaged in blowing up their chances of seizing government in November but they have dug themselves such a big hole with their lies they don’t seem to know how to get out of the mess. They want to be in government. Bloody lying amateurs don’t even deserve to be in Parliament.

  42. Don’t try and tell me he wasn’t informed about what was going on with that stolen recorder because such a claim lacks total credibility

    Andrews is wholly owned by the cfmeu, he would have been choking his chicken when he first heard the tape, and would have been like a puppy on meth waiting to get it public.

  43. Tim Neilson

    goatjam
    #1398082, posted on July 29, 2014 at 2:11 pm
    I must admit you’re absolutely right. Baillieu’s torpor certainly had beneficial side effects on the budget but of course the balance sheet isn’t the be all and end all. I should have said only that it wasn’t a bad thing compared with the freneticism of the average government spending program.

  44. Andrew

    The Vic Libs surprisingly have done a far better job than pretty much all of the other state governments. They have reduced spending growth from over 8% per annum to 3% and have a very strong budgetary position. Also spending on some much needed infrastructure. Not many other state governments can say that. Not saying they are doing a great job, but there are a lot worse governments in the states going around.

  45. YT

    Andrews is wholly owned by the cfmeu, he would have been choking his chicken when he first heard the tape, and would have been like a puppy on meth waiting to get it public.

    I don’t think I could put it any better Carpe. I am indeed in the presence of giants.
    *bows*

  46. .Dr.Sir Fred Lenin

    Just checked comrade Wossisnames CV,he has a BA ,doesnt say what subject,( might be a BA in Alp branch stacking).has never had a real job ,employed by the Liars Parody as an aparatchik,then Gofer fir one of the comrades in parliament.A real pardy machine Muppet.what a representative for the Wukkas!

  47. Steve Shailer park

    Sinclair doesn’t like Lib governments because they fail to repair the mess Labor leaves us in quickly enough . Solution= elect another incompetent labor gov. Forgive me Sinclair if I see a slight problem with your logic. The last time I looked Vic was starting to recover from another Labor nightmare.

  48. Cold-Hands

    Given that the ALP apparatchiks have admitted to accessing the tape, copying it and then destroying the memory card with scissors, I’m waiting to see if the Victorian Police have the bottle to charge them with “Theft by finding”. While there are suitable precedents, I’m not holding my breath.

  49. Craig Mc

    Cold-Hands: Can you see The Age filing a complaint to police? I can’t.

    This little affair reminds me of Gillard’s “Gingerella” race-riot. I wonder who will be seconded to some remote outpost in Europe next week.

  50. Ignatius

    February 26, 2008The hidden patients on hospital waiting lists.

    The number of people waiting for treatment at Victoria’s biggest hospital the Royal Melbourne, is nearly three times as big as the official waiting list declared by the State Government. Internal hospital documents seen by The Age show that at the end of September last year, 7268 people were waiting for treatment, but only 2487 of them were on the official elective surgery waiting list. Health Minister Daniel Andrews defended the system for reporting waiting lists, and said that as a result of record government funding, Victorian hospitals this year would do more elective surgery than ever.

  51. Ignatius

    August 25, 2008Patients sent to ‘dummy wards’

    Thousands of patients were admitted to fictitious wards in Victorian hospitals last year to meet State Government targets for bonus payments and avoid ‘performance watch’, emergency doctors claim. But Health Minister Daniel Andrews will not take any action because he does not believe this is happening. A spokesman for Mr Andrews said he had confidence in hospital data. “We do not believe these practices are happening and we reject the premise of their argument,” he said.

  52. Ignatius

    August 26, 2008Storm over ‘ghost wards’
    Victorian Health Minister Daniel Andrews is at the centre of a growing political storm over claims that hospitals have been falsifying patient records to win government funding. The State Opposition, the Australian Medical Association and an independent health policy institute have expressed dismay at Mr Andrews’ refusal to investigate the claims, which are believed to involve some of the state’s leading hospitals.

    Mr. Andrews last night was refusing to launch an investigation, repeating that he did not believe the allegations. Similar allegations about NSW hospitals falsifying patient data to fort funding were investigated by the NSW Health Department last year and have been referred to the state’s Independent Commission Against Corruption.

  53. Ignatius

    March 31, 2009Hospital lied over wait lists

    The Royal Women’s Hospital has been systematically lying about its surgery waiting list for almost a decade, says a damning report that has forced the Government to overhaul Victoria’s hospital funding system. Health Minister Daniel Andrews yesterday … said an independent audit – commissioned after The Age earlier this month revealed the hospital had incorrectly reported data to the Government – confirmed the creation of a “second waiting list” that was disguising the hospital’s real performance.

  54. Ignatius

    April 03, 2009Brumby stands by health minister Andrews amid fresh hospital rort allegations.

    A senior union official today claimed she had warned Mr. Andrews early last year that hospitals were manipulating their waiting lists. Health Services Union (HSU) federal secretary Kathy Jackson said today she told the minister of the rorting in wage discussions last year but he ignored her. Mr. Andrews has consistently denied knowing about the problems of manipulated waiting lists. Mr Andrews has said he was unaware of any evidence of hospital administrators manipulating waiting list figures to secure better funding until a report by Auditor-General Des Pearson, despite rumours and media warnings over the past year.

  55. Ignatius

    December 3, 2009New guidelines on hospital waiting times

    Victorian hospitals have been inconsistently measuring patient waiting times in emergency departments – a practice that has the potential to falsely enhance their performance data. Victorian members of the Australian College for Emergency Medicine told the Government in February last year that hospitals were inconsistently measuring wiring times in a bid to meet key performance indicators attached to funding. In a confidential report sent to the Government early last year, the College said a survey of 19 emergency department dissectors found more than 60 per cent of hospitals were measuring their waiting times incorrectly.

  56. Craig Mc

    Speaking of the “Gingerella” race-riot, apparently Tony Hodges is back in Canberra. Things must not have worked out at the European Bank of Reconstruction. You’d think there’d be great scope for a race-riot architect in London.

  57. Sinclair Davidson

    Sinclair doesn’t like Lib governments because they fail to repair the mess Labor leaves us in quickly enough at all

    FTFY.

    This is what I wrote about Red Ted last year – could have been yesterday:

    Victorians were quietly angry in 2010. Once you consider the declining public transport standards, alcohol-fuelled street violence, skyrocketing electricity and gas bills, the bungled implementation of the Myki ticketing system, the gold-plated desalination plant, the perceptions – rightly, as it turned out – that crime was on the increase and increased nanny state interventions, there was much to be angry about.

    The arrogant, aloof, out-of-touch Brumby government found itself out of office.

    Baillieu had a long list of problems to be fixed. Yet his only achievement – getting rid of the police chief – is looking more and more like an accident. His anti-corruption commission is toothless. Public transport is still poor. The Myki card rollout was a disaster. It also turned out that Victorians had been overpaying for water and Baillieu couldn’t work out that people might want their money back.

    Political appointments under the Brumby government have been maintained, and some of those individuals have been promoted.

    Baillieu fixed none of the problems he was elected to fix. He failed to stamp his authority on the public service and was unable to articulate why his government should remain in office. On present polling, the ALP will return to government at the next election.

  58. candy

    The Libs dumped Mr Baillieu after only 2 years.
    I do think any leader should be given their full term. It’s called a fair go. (unless there is proven corruption/some bad thing they’ve done).

  59. Sinclair Davidson

    some bad thing they’ve done

    Like not deliver on election promises?

  60. candy

    Like not deliver on election promises?

    Nah, it’s only up to voters to decide that.

  61. Sinclair Davidson

    Not to worry candy – the voters will be letting the State Liberals know around the 29 November.

    Death to LINOs.

  62. Linden

    As a Victoria true blue, I suspect that you are entirely correct. There are some areas in and around the Melbourne metro area it would not matter who Labor put up as a candidate, they will simply vote them. If you need help in understanding this, just look at what are the popular programs on the channels, and look at what is advertised on these programs. I think you find will the answers to any questions there.

  63. Linden

    Baillieu is a very intelligent person, a successful person, and a very decent man on all counts. Just because he may not be enthusiastic about talking to some ‘brain dead’ reporters on a daily basis in the form of press conferences or the daily 30 second TV grab, does mean he wasn’t a good premier or gone on have made a very good premier. In todays world its all about instant gratification, and the good citizens must have everything they want instantly all of the time, or else the political goons on the channels will crucify them.

  64. Stephen Williams

    This appears to be ‘Theft by Finding’
    An indictable offence under the Victorian Crimes Act. The Police do not require a complaint to be made, there seems to be sufficient cause for them to investigate, does anyone think they will? Perhaps the journo who lost the item will consider making a complaint to his local police. It is a serious offence.

  65. candy

    In todays world its all about instant gratification, and the good citizens must have everything they want instantly all of the time, or else the political goons on the channels will crucify them.

    Exactly, Linden. Like attention deficit disorder on a massive scale.

  66. Andrew

    Not to worry candy – the voters will be letting the State Liberals know around the 29 November.

    Death to LINOs.

    Many supporters thought that would have happened in 2002, 2006 and 2010 yet many of them never went away. Don’t hold your breath it will happen this time.

  67. AP

    Here is my take on Baillieu.

    jeesus, Baillieu and OFarrell are interchangeable in that article. Just do a “find and replace”.

  68. Rob

    Daniel Andrews “very impressive”?
    Unless the Macquarie Dictionary has changed the meaning of those two words, some people can be easily fooled.

  69. AP

    The NSW version:

    VictoriansNew South Walsians were quietly angry in 20101. Once you consider the declining public transport standards, alcohol-fuelled street violence, skyrocketing electricity and gas bills, the bungled implementation of the Myki T-Card ticketing system, the gold-plated desalination plant, the perceptions – rightly, as it turned out – that crime corruption was on the increase rampant and increased nanny state interventions, there was much to be angry about.

    The arrogant, aloof, out-of-touch Brumby Obeid government found itself out of office.

    Baillieu OFarrell had a long list of problems to be fixed. Yet his only achievement – getting rid of the police chief banning political donations by developers – is looking more and more like an accident own-goal. His anti-corruption commission is toothless. Public transport is still poor. The Myki card rolloutchanges to the Part 3A planning laws was a disaster. It also turned out that Victorians NSW had been overpaying for water everything and Baillieu OFarrell couldn’t work out that people might want their money back.

    Political appointments under the BrumbyObeid government have been maintained, and some of those individuals have been promoted. For example, Michael Coutts-Trotter.

    BaillieuOFarrell fixed none of the problems he was elected to fix. He failed to stamp his authority on the public service and was unable to articulate why his government should remain in office. On present polling, the ALP will return to government at the next election. The only thing preventing Labor returning to power in March 2015 is the ongoing stench of corruption surrounding the party.

  70. He looks like he just assaulted molested a Shetland pony.

  71. I disagree.

    So do I. How hard is it to draw a line through stuff? FMD.

  72. Lynne Merigan

    Hedley T talking about this tonight said that as it was easy to see to whom the recorder belonged and as it was destroyed after it was listened to , that this is theft. Bail lieu says he did not give permission for conversation to be taped so that puts the journalist in a bad light . He also contends that the reason why recorder was destroyed was that there were also tapes of labor on it that made them look bad.

  73. Colmac

    Given they felt it was in their best interest to destroy the recorder, (knowing it was owned by Faifax) what else have these creeps destroyed to save their skins.. AWU records? Slater & Gordon files? etc

  74. Squirrel

    I had precisely the same thought about the body language and thought “so this is the next Premier of Victoria” – “how embarrassment”, as Effie would say. Clearly what we need is a good recession to steer a bit more talent away from the fleshpots of the private sector and into the elected service of the public.

    Beyond that, the sight of The Age causing discomfort for Labor has a tasty touch of the apocalyptic about it – more please!

  75. johno

    The prospect of an Andrews government is as equally grim as the prospects of a returned Napthine government. Lets hope that the Liberal Democrats are registered by the election. At least it will give some people a good reason to go the polling booth on election day.

  76. JeffT

    Get that photo into all Lib ads.
    Should sway some Lo Fo voters

  77. .Dr.Sir Fred Lenin

    See the alp union comrades used money Extorted from Peter Mac CANCER Hospital ,in Melbourne ,to ensure the comrades were re elected in HSU elections.There is Absolutely No level of Low behavior these Absolute Mongrels will nit stoop to! Yer wukkas Parody At “Work” ,elect the aparatchik Wossisname and see the Lowest Acts on Earth,Bloody near as bad as their islamofascist mates. Now jackson is going to use some of the money she stole to pay a crooked lawtradesperson to Lie for her ,keep the useless waste of space out of Pokey.m Mongeprels of the world Unite,join the greenalp Parody.

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