SKY NEWS is reporting — and other sources confirming — that as I write, Ted Baillieu is resigning as Premier of Victoria; the move follows the resignation of errant MP for Frankston, Geoff Shaw, earlier today.
We will obviously track this as it develops later tonight and during the week, but it seems the reports of Baillieu’s resignation are correct.
This situation is very fluid (and may have even superseded this article by the time I publish it, but we’ll see).
I’m reluctant to provide too much comment at this stage until the picture becomes clearer, but for now it seems — as I said — that Baillieu is gone.
But I will say that given the precarious numbers in the Legislative Assembly, any move to bring Planning minister Matthew Guy down from the upper house to serve as Premier would seem fraught with danger; the name of Tourism and Small Business Minister Louise Asher — my local MP, and a favourite of this column — will, hopefully, be in the mix for the replacement leadership team.
I’ll be back a little later…