Vic premier and opposition leader decided

Victoria officially has a new premier and opposition leader, but is waiting to see whether the freshly-dumped coalition will fall apart.


Daniel Andrews was sworn in at Government House on Thursday morning along with his new cabinet, featuring a record nine women.

Former planning minister Matthew Guy defeated former treasurer Michael O’Brien to take the Liberal leadership after Denis Napthine stepped down.

Mr Guy said he wanted to keep the formal coalition with the Nationals, who elected Peter Walsh to replace outgoing leader Peter Ryan.

“It’s my intention to work with Peter Walsh over the next few days to remain in coalition,” Mr Guy told reporters on Thursday.

“That’s the best way to put an alternative forward for all Victorians, and I believe that would be a very, very sensible way to move forward.”

Mr Walsh wants to sit down with the new Liberal leader to talk about the formal agreement.

“The party room wants to make sure we have a constructive but very vigorous discussion with the Liberal party,” Mr Walsh told reporters on Wednesday.

Mr Andrews revealed his new ministry, which includes a Victorian-record nine women, and the newly-created Family Violence Prevention portfolio.

“This is the team I trust to make Victoria stronger, fairer and better,” he said.

Mr Andrews said he was proud to appoint Australia’s first ever Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence.

“We need real leadership to tackle this hideous crime,” he said.

Counting continued in Prahran, with Liberal Clem Newton-Brown pulling 322 votes ahead of Labor’s Neil Pharaoh on a two-party preferred basis.

Both Mr Newton-Brown and Mr Pharaoh attended the parties’ parliamentary meetings this week.

Labor’s Paul Edbrooke was 135 votes ahead of Liberal Sean Armistead in Frankston, while Labor’s Nick Staikos was 268 votes ahead of Liberal Elizabeth Miller in Bentleigh.

Mr Andrews also announced a shake-up of the Victorian public service, cutting the number of government departments from nine to seven from January 1.

Under the changes, a number of community portfolios will be elevated to the department of premier and cabinet, including family violence prevention and equality.

A new special minister of state, Gavin Jennings, will oversee government transparency and accountability, public sector administration and reform.

Mr Andrews will oversee the creation and direction of the two key new bodies, Infrastructure Victoria and Projects Victoria.