A BIT OF A PARTY ANIMAL
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
Victorian Opposition leader, Daniel Andrew’s suggestion that he and Premier Napthine have tea and scones this morning with the Governor to seek his advice regarding a potential Constitutional crisis is crazy stuff.
Governments advise Governors, not the reverse.
If at any time in the future the Governor did have to act to ensure supply he would have been compromised by canvassing his likely intentions with either Party.
And if Napthine didn’t like the way the Governor was leaning, he could pre-empt any potentially adverse decision by sacking him first, just as Whitlam could have sacked Kerr first if he was even remotely aware of his intentions.
The correct procedure is for both parties to independently seek their own Constitutional advice and act accordingly, that’s if any action is required.
Anyway, the Opposition has agreed not to block supply by ensuring the passage of Napthine’s budget so there is no damned Constitutional crisis and no role for the Governor... not yet!
All that’s happened so far is that rogue Lib deserter, Geoff Shaw, (who has the balance of power) has said in a radio interview he would support a no-confidence motion in the Napthine Government.
Shaw changes his mind more often than I change my underpants, so let’s wait and see.
Rejection of supply (appropriations Bills) or a no-confidence motion are the only two methods used to prematurely bring a government down.
Supply has been assured, so it comes down to a no-confidence motion, and that can only be decided by numbers on the floor.
If the Opposition has the numbers, then Andrews can take a trip over to Government House to advise the Governor that he can form an interim government, whether the last Labor Government’s new Constitutional requirement of a four-year term has been completed or not.
Writs can then be issued for an early election and the Assembly dissolved (no Bills can be passed) with Andrews taking a caretaker role.
But for the Governor to be asked to advise on a crisis (that doesn’t yet exist) places him in an invidious position... a position neither Party leader should seek to place him in.
No matter what happens, Geoff Shaw’s life in politics is finished and his blackmailing demand for a judicial appointment from Premier Napthine is an outrage of Clive proportions.