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http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,19020329%5E661,00.html

Doyle ready to quit
Ellen Whinnett, state politics reporter
04may06

A SHATTERED Robert Doyle last night was preparing to quit as leader of the Victorian Liberal Party today.

Mr Doyle was told yesterday he no longer had the support of the majority of his parliamentary colleagues, Liberal Party headquarters, Federal Treasurer Peter Costello or party powerbrokers Helen Kroger and Michael Kroger.

As a clearly upset Mr Doyle continued to work at Parliament last night, formal talks were under way to firm up his replacement with the surprise news that transport spokesman and Doyle supporter Terry Mulder has been approached.

A resignation announcement could be made as early as today.

Mr Doyle, 53, tried to go on with normal business last night, but Parliament House was awash with rumours and secret meetings between Liberal MPs.

Asked if he was surrendering the leadership, Mr Doyle said "there will be no challenge".

He then said he would be leader "as long as I want to" but walked away when asked how long that would be.

Heir apparent Ted Baillieu was also approached about taking on the leader's job but apparently declined.

There was continued speculation that Mr Doyle's deputy, Louise Asher, might also be in the running for the job.

Liberal insiders expect the formal announcement of Mr Doyle's departure from the leadership to be made as early as today.

It is not known whether he will remain in Parliament.

Dismal poll results and a series of resignations from his office had set leadership rumours flying again, but senior Liberals said it was yesterday's decision by his former supporters, Phil Davis and Andrea Coote, to withdraw their support that ultimately turned the tide.

Talk of a leadership spill has come and gone many times in the past year but none eventuated.

Disastrous poll results this week showed Mr Doyle's personal approval rate dropping to 15 per cent and a swing against the Liberals of 3.5 per cent, a shift that could cost the party 10 seats at next November's poll.

MPs openly discussed their unhappiness with Mr Doyle's performance over a late dinner at a restaurant in Melbourne's Chinatown on Tuesday night.

The dinner, held at a regular Liberal haunt, was attended by a number of Upper and Lower House MPs.

Mr Doyle's office was defiant last night, with his new media adviser, Michael Smith, stating firmly that "there will be no challenge".

An email sent around Liberal MPs and supporters last night gave the telephone numbers of Mr Costello, Mr Doyle and Liberal Party state director Julian Sheezel asking them to start making calls to have Mr Doyle removed.

Signed by a "loyal but petrified Liberal", the email was distributed by someone with access to the party's database.

"It's on. This time is different," one Liberal told the Herald Sun.

"I'd be lying to you if I said it wasn't on," another senior Liberal said. "There could possibly be a change, in the next fortnight or possibly sooner."

Another Liberal said the move was likely in the next 10 to 12 days and would involve Mr Doyle being asked to step aside in a bloodless coup.

A fourth Liberal said these plans were different to previous ones and were supposed to be carried out behind the scenes, not in the full glare of media attention.

And a fifth said talks were held yesterday morning, although no mention was made of the moves at a party-room meeting.

"There are talks that it is time for him to go and moves are afoot. Work is going on behind the scenes for him to stand aside, either for Ted, or for Mulder, which would keep it in his (Doyle's) group," the source said.

It is believed that Mr Costello, Victoria's most senior Liberal, would not stand in the way of any move against Mr Doyle.

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fark, the writing was on the wall EONS ago.

Where's Jeff!?
 

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Poor Robert.

Whether you like him or not, you cannot disagree that he tries damn hard. Despite the ongoing popularity of Bracks and the general disinterest of the media in Doyle, he is out there every day, making comment and trying to get the Liberal message out there.

It will be interesting to see what happens....

 

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bugalugs' pic is more appropriate than ever:



^ on your bike, can we have a real opposition leader now please?
 

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I lean toward the ALP on most issues and I'm leaning toward them at the next election (in the LA, still undecided on the LC though) however the single greatest tragedy of the Bracks government thus far is that they've had no opposition. The libs simply haven't recovered from when Jeff left and it's exactly the same on a federal level with the ALP copping an absolute bollocking from the Libs.

I hate the fact that the two main parties are SO dominant when they're in power and that's one of the main issues I have with Aus politics in general which will make me vote strategically in the Vic election now that we have the chance to - and that is something no-one can deny the current government - they have flashes of really good policy which gets implemented (Upper House reform which hardly anyone realises the true extent of - or better said in terms of most people will know what they've done come November) and in other areas they have good policy that is poorly implemented. And the poor implementation is compounded by the fact that the lack of a true opposition has made the state alternative-poor and by extension the Liberal party policy-poor, note their recent siding with the SOS-NIMBYs on Melbourne 2030 without coming up with a better proposal.

crying shame :gaah: :cry:

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NEWS FLASH: According to Jon Faine on 3LO, Robert Doyle will hold a press conference at 9.15am this morning to announce his resignation as leader. Speculation is too that he will resign from Parliament too.
 

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Sam in WA the liberals such without good leaders, richo left and they have been at themselves since they are all useless and further more they have lost the nationals support and pref voting in WA. So how they could win is beyond me.

As for the ALP nationals they are to smart for the electorate and a cut up because they dont have a decisive leader apart from Kim and the media ignores him. Every good speech or a new policy reform is ignored. The last week he released six policy blueprints and who knew that from watching commercial TV. Sweet f all.
 

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It is sad that there really is no effective opposition in this state. I don't think the problem is Doyle personally, the problem is that the Liberal party just has no coherent policy direction and has made some just plain bad policy decisions in recent years.
 

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Citystyle said:
As for the ALP nationals they are to smart for the electorate and a cut up because they dont have a decisive leader apart from Kim and the media ignores him. Every good speech or a new policy reform is ignored. The last week he released six policy blueprints and who knew that from watching commercial TV. Sweet f all.
You should read The Latham Diaries. Very insightful - explains why no-one respects Kim Beazley. The Diaries are an excellent critique of the nature of 21st century Labor politics. (You can read my review here). Makes you look at Beazley and Rudd in a whole new light. You will see why they will struggle to win an election under Beazley. The ALP is too wrapped up in its own factionalism to listen to what the electorate wants. Hence the Liberals can still look great after the Australian Wheat Board, unpopular Industrial Relations reforms etc. The media is not interested in him - rightly or wrongly - because he is a hopeless, waffling leader with no appeal for the electorate.

As for Doyle, well I think he is yelling alone in the forest. After Jeff, just about any subsequent Liberal leader would look quiet and ineffective. I really feel for him, poor bloke has tried so hard, but to no avail.

Despite my personal misgivings, the electorate is happy with Bracks et al. and there is no compeling reason to throw them out of office as far as the electorate is concerned.

As they say, "Opposition doesn't win office, government loses it"
 

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http://www.abc.gov.au/news/newsitems/200605/s1630835.htm

Resignation my own decision: Doyle

Robert Doyle, who resigned as leader of the Victorian Liberal Party today, denies he has been pushed from the job.

The Liberals have been going backwards in recent opinion polls, causing dissatisfaction with Mr Doyle's leadership.

Mr Doyle says he has given the job 100 per cent but it has not been enough.

But he denies he has been forced to resign.

"It's a whole range of things that I had to consider," he said.

"I am honest with myself but I would also want to emphasise this was my decision and my decision alone.

"Nobody else, no other groups, no other influence but myself, looking at the full range of the situation before me."

Former Opposition deputy leader Phil Honeywood says Mr Doyle has left at a time of his own choosing.

"Everyone should respect the fact that Robert's made this in the interest of the Liberal Party to ensure that the Victorian electorate has a real choice at the next election and to put all the internal factional issues behind us," he said.

Leadership ballot

The party will meet on Monday to elect a new leader.

The Opposition leader in the Upper House, Phillip Davis, says there are any number of people who could lead the party to the November poll.

"There's every prospect going forward having acknowledged that we were not going to succeed with Robert, the party can take a slightly different path," Mr Davis said.

The list of possible candidates includes Terry Mulder and Ted Baillieu.

Mr Mulder says he only found out about Mr Doyle's resignation this morning and he has not yet decided if he will stand for the leadership.

"Even to be identified as someone who had perhaps the potential to do a job like that is somewhat of an honour,' he said.

"But I think we have to make sure we put forward the best person and those discussions will take place."

 

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today was the day victorian politics got just a tad more sexier.

let's get Doyley's wife up for the leadership (next to him on right)



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Poor Robert.

Whether you like him or not, you cannot disagree that he tries damn hard. Despite the ongoing popularity of Bracks and the general disinterest of the media in Doyle, he is out there every day, making comment and trying to get the Liberal message out there.

It will be interesting to see what happens....

Why the hell is Bracks so fucking popular? I just cant understand why? Why the hell are so many people so bloody stupid ! They seriously have the wool pulled over their eyes ! :stupid:

Its like they like getting screwed by Bracks or something ! They must love bending over and taking it right up the "Clacker" from him and all his fellow labour cronies, which is really bloody sad !

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tayser said:
today was the day victorian politics got just a tad more sexier.

let's get Doyley's wife up for the leadership (next to him on right)



:D
Yes! I love the severe, square jawed, slightly manly kind of conservative woman. I'd bone Janet Albretschen all day.
 

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Why the hell is Bracks so fucking popular? I just cant understand why? Why the hell are so many people so bloody stupid ! They seriously have the wool pulled over their eyes ! :stupid:

Its like they like getting screwed by Bracks or something ! They must love bending over and taking it right up the "Clacker" from him and all his fellow labour cronies, which is really bloody sad !

Lozza
Mate the same can be said of the lying little rodent PM we have at the monent " how can Aussies be SO stupid " to believe this prick that couldnt lie straight in bed.
But they do, so maybe its the same sheep that will vote for Bracks and Brumby at the election on Nov 26th
 
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