Who’s this fellow O’Brien?

First there was this: ‘I will lead from the front’: Michael O’Brien says he’s right man for Victoria. This is what he specifically said. You tell me what he stands for.

“Every single day I get up, I’m determined to work for Victoria and to lead my party so that Victoria can do better,” he said.

“I was elected unopposed by my party after the last election because they know that, as a former treasurer, nobody is better placed to lead Victoria’s economic recovery … than me.

“I think Victorians need a better alternative … and that’s what I’m determined to offer.

“They do not want more of the same – more of the lockdowns, more of the waste. They want to see a better, brighter future, and that’s what the Liberal Party is going to be offering Victorians.”

Empty beyond vacuous. So this is where we have moved onto: ‘Borrowed time’: Liberals give O’Brien ultimatum for May leadership spill.

In what was seen as a significant intervention, opposition health spokeswoman Georgie Crozier, a member of Mr O’Brien’s four-person leadership team, expressed frustration during last week’s party room meeting that opposition MPs were not effectively holding the Andrews government to account for its errors.

According to three sources present at the meeting, Ms Crozier implored colleagues to pursue the government with more vigour.

Not as if there is nothing to pursue Dan Andrews over: Victorian wages still hurting from lockdown. And it’s not just that Victoria has had the worst wages result across the country during the last twelve months. There is this as well, which no one knows anything about.

It came as Moody’s moved on Tuesday to change its rating on Victoria from the highest Aaa to Aa1, saying the double downgrade was sparked by a “marked erosion in Victoria’s governance of its public finances”, with the agency predicting the state’s debt – due to hit nearly $47 billion this year – would remain high until the end of the decade.

The Moody’s move had been widely expected since the other main ratings agency, S&P, downgraded Victoria in December and Treasurer Tim Pallas shrugged off the news, saying the government made no apology for borrowing heavily to cushion the state from the worst of the pandemic crisis.

That Government misdirected spending has been at the centre of the problem for years ought to be evident to anyone who has watched the Andrews government and has the slightest idea about what makes an economy prosper. Yet this is all they can say.

The Victorian Liberal opposition was on the attack on Wednesday over the Moody’s downgrade with Treasury spokeswoman Louise Staley saying decision was an indictment on the financial management of the Andrews government.

“This is a significant worry for Victoria moving into the future,” Ms Staley said.

“Moody’s specifically said we do not have the flexibility to deal with any future shocks.

“In other words the cupboard is bare.”

There is so much waste around, but my favourite is the billion dollar train station at the Shrine on St Kilda Road which will hardly ever be used by anyone, ever, other than on one day a year, and possibly not even then.

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37 Responses to Who’s this fellow O’Brien?

  1. a reader says:

    Problem is if they get rid of O’Brien they have nobody else that is any more effective. SFL.

  2. mem says:

    I am at the stage that I would vote for my bantam rooster rather than vote for Andrews at the next election. What most Victorians want is some stability and confidence in planning their business, family and community life without intrusion from big boy bullies and bureaucrats. They have had the stuffing pulled out of them but are now getting angry. Andrews is gone. Someone with a cool head and a steady hand would be welcome.

  3. max says:

    Not quite in the billions but initial outlay of $15 mill on the Vic Pride Centre in 2016 and running expenses to kick in later guaranteed gay votes forever. If you’re O’Brien this sort of pork is hard to counter.
    And then there’s the casino. Govt coffers in Victoria cannot do without it. Ray Finkelstein will find accordingly.

  4. Ceres says:

    Tim Smith and Richard Riordan of Vic Libs seem to have fire in their belly, will go after Daniel Andrews and cut through with their everyday manner. Regularly see them on Sky.
    Georgie Crozier when asked whether Libs would have the 5 day lockdown waffled and said we must keep people safe. Michael O’Brien is bland, not enough mongrel in him to lay a glove on Andrews illustrated by his motherhood statements above. He needs to go but who to replace him?

  5. min says:

    Andrews controls the media so how do the liberals get coverage . MSM just ignore them and give them little attention .

  6. min says:

    Agree Ceres but how do they get noticed ? Tim had a go and got pasted by the MSM. Richard has run a business and organised Covid action when ignored by Andrews in the country town that it broke out in the meat works.

  7. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “Tim Smith”

    Tim Smith….is this the same Tim Smith who joined in the lynching of Bettina Arndt last year and called for her to be stripped of her Australia Day honour?

    Tim Smith….is this the same Tim Smith who, late last year, when he was asked about Victoria’s sinister “Conversion law bill” and how he was going to vote, then scoffed and sneered at the idea that people might pray and then said that yes, he was going to vote for the bill?

    Ah yes, that’s the same Tim Smith.

  8. Buccaneer says:

    O’Brien has nothing to lose, the msm won’t cover him, he needs to pull some stunts to get his message out.

  9. C.L. says:

    Every single day I get up, I’m determined to work for Victoria and to lead my party so that Victoria can do better…

    Uh-oh.
    This is the rhetoric of another garden variety sociopath.
    People who literally wake up in the morning and think of ways they can make a whole state better are nuts.

  10. jupes says:

    The popularity of fascist premiers has cowed pretty much all opposition leaders.

    The dickhead in WA who is to the left of the Greens on CO2 emissions (no, really), reckons he will do whatever the Chief Health Officer recommends on Covid.

    What is the point of the SFLs?

  11. Bruce in WA says:

    Same-same in WA. This will be the first time since 1976 that I haven’t voted SFL.

    Fuck ’em.

  12. Treasurer Tim Pallas shrugged off the news, saying the government made no apology for borrowing heavily to cushion the state from the worst of the pandemic crisis.

    Huh? Who has been cushioned?😒

  13. Bruce in WA says:

    Huh? Who has been cushioned?😒

    Why, he and his comrades, of course!

  14. mh says:

    Oh oh oh O’Brien 🤦‍♂️

  15. miltonf says:

    It’s the awful Federal lieborals like Ryan, Broadbent, Hunt and Tehan who put me right off ever voting for the state ones.

  16. sfw says:

    There’s a great way for the Vic Libs to get attention, I’ve suggested this to their leader and several other MP’s but no response. Just needs one of them with balls to announce an anti lockdown rally (preferably during a lockdown) on the steps of parliament house. I’m certain that any such rally would be well attended and then the Libs could call for Andrews resignation, the end of the emergency period and explain the Libs plans and how they would handle the situation and get our freedom back.

    The problem is they have no plan, not even a thought bubble, they are completely lost as to what they would do and none of them have the guts to do what has to be done. Their cunning plan is to sit back, wait (hopefully) for Andrews to implode and then quietly gain power and just keep doing what Labor is doing.

  17. Albatross says:

    Cassie of Sydney says:
    February 24, 2021 at 10:20 pm
    “Tim Smith”

    Ah yes! One of the many rock-ribbed Conservatives in the Liberal Party.

  18. Rabbi Putin says:

    It doesn’t bloody matter! Victoria dies a little more every day the Dicktator remains in power. Vote for O’Brien the empty suit. You don’t have to put him (or whichever Lib hamster replaces him) at #1, just above Labor. For Chrissakes. You don’t get to pick your colour of life-raft.

  19. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “Rabbi Putin says:
    February 25, 2021 at 7:21 am
    It doesn’t bloody matter! Victoria dies a little more every day the Dicktator remains in power. Vote for O’Brien the empty suit. You don’t have to put him (or whichever Lib hamster replaces him) at #1, just above Labor. For Chrissakes. You don’t get to pick your colour of life-raft.”

    RB…..I’m not sure just voting “Liberal” because they aren’t Labor works. Just look at the Ted Ballieu and Ted Napthine government. Their cowardice and feebleness enabled Labor and contributed to the election of Dicktator. The problem is that there is a rot in the Liberal party in many states…they’re now just “Labor lite” parties that consistently refuse to go up and fight any progressive dogmas…..the Victorian conversion law is a great example of this…..a craven Victorian Liberal party could and should have made huge political capital out of this but instead there was and is silence. The Victorian Liberal party doesn’t know whether it is Arthur or Martha….it’s a transvestite party.

  20. Forester says:

    Georgie Crozier, a member of Mr O’Brien’s four-person leadership team,

    The Liberal party carries too much baggage. Whenever I’ve been with a group of Victorians and ‘Liberals’ are mentioned there is a collective gasp in horror and head shaking, as if their winning the election will turn Victoria into The Handmaids Tale overnight. Asking what in particular is wrong with them instantly marks you as the enemy, some people get up and walk around because the ‘fight or flight‘ has kicked in.

    Unless a significant number of people join the Liberal Party, take it over and prosecute any sort of ant-socialist agenda not much will change. And the deep inroads the Greens deep state have made into regional Victoria will take generations to undo.

    Frankly Victoria is lost. If only those escaping would not vote trade union and new-communist in their new state.

  21. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “Frankly Victoria is lost. If only those escaping would not vote trade union and new-communist in their new state.”

    Yep…..it’s the same as the progressives in the US who moving to red states from third world crapola cities like San Fran, Seattle and Portland because they can’t take life in these oh so progressive cities anymore….but what do these people do? They take their politics with them.

  22. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    The only Gliberal from Disasterstan I’ve seen of late that exhibits any kind of fight and who can state clearly what disgusting abominations that grotesque deformed jug eared imbecile and his assorted lickspittle fundament tonguers are, is Jeff Bloody Kennett. Poor ol’ Bernie Finn appears to have had a media muzzle slapped on him.

    O’Brien and Smith are absolutely hopeless. As for Kroges, he’s too busy playing the Gliberal eminence grise grandee to demean himself by getting agitated about the unseemly ongoing punishments being meted out to those unfortunates existing in Disasterstan.

  23. Nato says:

    Bah. More spending more debt more tax less liberty. Uniparty enjoying the perks of uniparty that family man labourers and single mothers on the minimum wage pay for.

  24. Roger says:

    You tell me what he stands for.

    He’s a career politician; he “stands for” whatever will keep his snout in the trough.

  25. theleftfootkick says:

    Yes the Liberal Party needs a huge rebuild, and after watching various segments of one Richard Riordan speaking about the issues, he is very definitely one of the ones, they need to promote into the leadership. A fresh face, from the country, speaks very well, personal appearance is articulate, and I think he is the kind of personality that would attract many back into the Liberal arena. As for Michael O’Brien I think often his type perform better in the background rather than being the face of the Liberal Party. This State of Victoria desperately needs some solid political opposition to Dictator Dan big time.

  26. JMH says:

    Yes the Liberal Party needs a huge rebuild, and after watching various segments of one Richard Riordan speaking about the issues, he is very definitely one of the ones, they need to promote into the leadership. theleftfootkick says:
    February 25, 2021 at 9:58 am

    I agree and it seems he’s able to get things done in his electorate, too.

  27. John of Mel says:

    O’Brien has nothing to lose, the msm won’t cover him, he needs to pull some stunts to get his message out.

    O’Brien has nothing …. FIFY
    Libs only argument during the lockdown was “We could have run it better.”

  28. Professor Fred Lenin says:

    What will probably happen is the usual sitting government being so stupid that the opposition wins by default . Andrews mob is heading down that slope , the only thing that will save them is copying their US decromat comrades and stealing the election .
    No doubt there is a shock force of lefty crims in America learning how to do it .
    Is it true that = lefty students are at Melbourne Cemetaries recording the names of potential ALP voters like the US decromats have done for years ,they get 109.76 percent of the deceased vote .
    Abolish career politics ,now .

  29. Robbo says:

    The Libs are sitting silently waiting for the electors to hand them government and that ain’t going to happen. If you want something you have to work to get it and that basic concept is clearly not understood by most Liberal MPs. Seat warmers and has-beens make up the majority of the State Opposition. If the Party wants to win it must dump a lot of dead wood in safe and near safe Liberal seats and recruit tough, hardworking, fearless and competent individuals for those seats. Hawthorn, Nepean, Mornington, Hastings and Frankston are just a few of those needing better than they have at present.

  30. Rafe Champion says:

    Not much use for the station at the War Memorial if Anzac Day is cancelled.

    Riordan is on side with our anti-RE program. I have a list of “good” pollies, also staffers and other Coalition party members who we want to keep fully briefed on climate and energy matters. If you are aware of any, please let me know rafe.championATgmail.com

  31. rafe Champion:

    I have a list of “good” pollies, also staffers and other Coalition party members who we want to keep fully briefed on climate and energy matters.

    Forget it rafe – the whole system is rotten. The superstructure is full of termites, and putting a glossy coat of paint over the top is doing jack shit.
    It’s going to collapse anyway when the grid goes tits up or the banks foreclose or the $A becomes worthless.
    Put some effort into making sure your family survives the crisis is a much better way of coping.
    Australia has been dumbed down enough that the smartest man in the room is Kevin Rudd.
    Follow his example.

  32. the sting says:

    The Libs are going to have to do a” Campbell Newman ” and make Jeff Kennett the leader from outside the Parliament .

  33. Rabbi Putin says:

    RB…..I’m not sure just voting “Liberal” because they aren’t Labor works. Just look at the Ted Ballieu and Ted Napthine government. Their cowardice and feebleness enabled Labor and contributed to the election of Dicktator. The problem is that there is a rot in the Liberal party in many states…they’re now just “Labor lite” parties that consistently refuse to go up and fight any progressive dogmas…..the Victorian conversion law is a great example of this…..a craven Victorian Liberal party could and should have made huge political capital out of this but instead there was and is silence. The Victorian Liberal party doesn’t know whether it is Arthur or Martha….it’s a transvestite party.

    @Cassie
    Your concerns are valid but we really don’t have time to wait for saviors. Consider the modern Liberal Party a centre-left party and the ALP Far-left traitors. At the ballot box you will be presented with more than two options to vote for. Hopefully you live somewhere that the LDP, One Nation or something other right-wing vehicle appears on your list. Structure your vote accordingly:

    1: right-wing micros
    2: Libs
    3: Labor/Greens/left micros

    That’s the basic formula, tinker it to your needs. Treat anyone running Independent with great suspicion and high scrutiny, most of them promise a kindly-gently third-way but end up going left once in office. Beware any female candidates period, they inevitably steer left. It’s in their mental programming.

    There are no saviours, there will be no white knight. Vote strategically and give your preferred candidates hell if they start going wobbly on you. It’s a slow climb back up the mountain, we go one step at a time.

  34. Paul says:

    Who ever leads the libs, their foremost policy should be to build nuclear power generator. Suitably built in greens or Labor electorates.

  35. The Sheriff says:

    The default position should be to vote against the incumbent. There is no point replacing Dictator Dan if we get the Victorian Coalition to just echo what Labor would do anyway. The anti-prayer bill just passed showed that the Coalition are just as bad. Plus the Nationals are a disgrace under the invisible Peter Walsh and two screeching wymminses Steph Ryan and Emma Kealy who would fit in well with the Greens on the frontbench. A total farce.

  36. John A says:

    max says: February 24, 2021, at 10:06 pm

    Not quite in the billions but initial outlay of $15 mill on the Vic Pride Centre in 2016 and running expenses to kick in later guaranteed gay votes forever. If you’re O’Brien this sort of pork is hard to counter.

    The whole LGBTQI sector is about 3% of the population. Why do they punch above their weight, so that this government wants their votes so badly?

  37. James Hargrave says:

    But the stations built on the Moscow Metro in the 1930s are wonderful, so that guy Mr Steel can’t have been all bad. Err. And wouldn’t the Shrine be improved by a colossal statue of Dan pointing up St Kilda Rd?

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