The curious case of Daniel Andrews, the receding premier
A South Australian man has been accused of setting fire to a pile of garden waste which four kittens were sheltering in.
The re-elected Andrews government's ministry has been sworn in at a ceremony at Victoria's Government House. © Will Murray/AAP PHOTOS Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews' new ministry team has been sworn in.
Jacinta Allan remains deputy premier and in charge of Victoria's major transport infrastructure builds, Tim Pallas will serve a third term as treasurer, Jaclyn Symes stays on as attorney-general and Mary-Anne Thomas continues as health minister.
But Sonya Kilkenny will become the state's new planning minister, taking the portfolio from Lizzie Blandthorn.
Last term, Ms Blandthorn recused herself from any decision making that involved or mentioned her lobbyist brother John-Paul Blandthorn's construction and development clients.
Victoria election 2022: Daniel Andrews to refuse deals with minor and independent parties
More than a million people are expected to vote at 1,700 election-day sites between 8am and 6pm on Saturday to decide who will govern for the next four years. Speaking shortly after voting opened, Mr Andrews said he was urging Victorians to opt for a 'strong, stable, majority Labor government' as polls pointed to a potential hung parliament.
Ms Blandthorn will, however, enter the senior ministry and become deputy leader of the government in the legislative council, where she moved to from the Legislative Assembly at this election.
She is also taking on the portfolios of disability, ageing and carers, and child protection and family services, and leading the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing.
Lily D'Ambrosio will become State Electricity Commission minister, part of Labor's election promise to re-boot the commission as renewables-only, and remain minister for climate action and energy.
She will lead the transition from the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action, with resources and agriculture to move into this department.
However after six years of being in charge of the environment portfolio, Ms D'Ambrosio will hand that responsibility over to Ingrid Stitt, who will also continue as early childhood and pre-prep minister.
Has the media ever gotten an election this wrong before?
Throughout a weird, ill-tempered campaign, the mainstream media provided consistently way-off-the-mark election coverage.Even at this premature stage, it was abundantly clear Labor was to hold its majority, with the Coalition picking up well under 30 of the 45 seats required. It was in keeping with the strange disconnect between the media narrative around the election and what the reality turned out to be.
Enver Erdogan is entering the ministry with corrections, youth justice, victim support and Natalie Suleyman also joins cabinet with veterans, small business and youth.
Gabrielle Williams will gain the ambulance services portfolio and remain the minister for treaty and First Peoples.
Colin Brooks is taking on the housing portfolio from Danny Pearson, who remains assistant treasurer while taking on consumer affairs, WorkSafe and the Traffic Accident Commission.
VICTORIA'S MINISTRY DECEMBER 2022
* Daniel Andrews - premier
* Jacinta Allan - deputy premier, transport and infrastructure, Suburban Rail Loop, Commonwealth Games delivery
* Jaclyn Symes - leader of the government in the legislative council, attorney-general, emergency services
* Tim Pallas - treasurer, industrial relations, trade and investment
* Lizzie Blandthorn - deputy leader of the government in the legislative council, disability, ageing and carers, child protection and family services
‘Twas a black night for the Victorian Libs, and a very ordinary night for independents
Matthew Guy has lost two elections to Dan Andrews, joining a pretty exclusive club of two-time losers. But independents were losers too.Even fewer opposition leaders get a third go, although Lawrence Springborg notched up three losses as leader of the Nationals in Queensland, and the Liberals’ Jeff Kennett finally had a win in Victoria on his third attempt in 1992.
* Colin Brooks - housing, multicultural affairs
* Anthony Carbines - police, crime prevention, racing
* Ben Carroll - industry and innovation, manufacturing sovereignty, employment, public transport
* Lily D'Ambrosio - climate action, energy and resources, State Electricity Commission
* Steve Dimopoulos - tourism, sport and major events, creative industries
* Enver Erdogan - corrections, youth justice, victim support
* Melissa Horne - casino, gaming and liquor regulation, local government, ports and freight, roads and road safety
* Natalie Hutchins - education, women
* Sonya Kilkenny - planning, outdoor recreation
* Danny Pearson - government services, assistant treasurer, WorkSafe and the TAC, consumer affairs
* Harriet Shing - water, regional development, Commonwealth Games legacy, equality
* Ros Spence - prevention of family violence, community sport, suburban development
* Ingrid Stitt - early childhood and pre-prep, environment
* Natalie Suleyman - veterans, small business, youth
* Mary-Anne Thomas - leader of the house, health and health infrastructure, medical research
* Gayle Tierney - training and skills, higher education, agriculture
* Gabrielle Williams - mental health, ambulance services, treaty and First Peoples
* Steve McGhie - cabinet secretary
Dan Andrews snubs ABC' star Virginia Trioli after fiery interview .
Leading ABC broadcaster Virginia Trioli appears to have paid for her ambush of the Victorian premier with his decision to pick her lower-rating colleague for his first post-election interview.The Victorian Premier chose to give his first post-election win interview to her colleague, drive host Raf Epstein, on Wednesday in what was interpreted as 'payback' against Trioli.