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Media expert alert: A new Premier for Victoria

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A new Premier for Victoria

La Trobe University experts are available to comment on the appointment of Jacinta Allan as the 49th Premier of Victoria after Daniel Andrews’ resignation yesterday.

Dr Kevin Brianton, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow
Political messaging, campaign tactics and media strategy.  
Email M: 0407 830 163

The following can be attributed to Dr Brianton:

The old saying is that under tall trees, mushrooms grow. It means that a strong leader often leads to a poor succession. The succession plan has been non-existent.  In Victoria, there has been one successful transition from Henry Bolte to Rupert Hamer and that was in 1972. These were two different, but highly effective Premiers. In this case, the departure of Andrews will be a shot in the arm for the conservatives, and we can expect to see some floundering in the next ALP for the next few months.”


Ian Tulloch, Adjunct Research Fellow
Australian federal and state politics; regional politics; electoral politics; environmental and water politics; industrial relations/unions and politics. 
Email, Mobile: 0438 418 581

Dr Natalie McKenna

Lecturer in strategic communications, Department of Communication and Media

Social media and politics; personal branding of politicians; online identity; reputation through social media

Email:, Mobile: 0420 378 026


Adjunct Professor Tony Walker

Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow and Adjunct Professor, Communication and Media

Australian federal and state politics; foreign policy; democracy

Email:, Mobile: 0416 258 776





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