Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division)

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Liberal Party of Australia
(Victorian Division)
Leader John Pesutto
Deputy Leader David Southwick
President Greg Mirabella
Founded5 March 1945;78 years ago (5 March 1945) [lower-alpha 1]
Preceded by Victorian United Australia Party
Headquarters Emirates House, 257 Collins Street, Melbourne
Student wing Australian Liberal Students' Federation
Youth wing Young Liberals
Women's wing Liberal Women's Council
LGBT wing Liberal Pride [1]
Membership (2020)c.Increase2.svg 12,000 [2]
Political position
National affiliation Federal Liberal
Coalition Liberal–National
Legislative Assembly
19 / 88
Legislative Council
10 / 40
House of Representatives
7 / 39
(Victorian seats)
3 / 12
(Victorian seats)
Seats in local government
3 / 9
4 / 11
2 / 11
1 / 9
Greater Bendigo
1 / 9
Greater Dandenong
2 / 11
Hobsons Bay
1 / 7
2 / 11
1 / 10
1 / 9
2 / 9
4 / 9
1 / 11
2 / 7
Mornington Peninsula
2 / 11
4 / 7
Port Phillip
2 / 9
1 / 5
2 / 9
6 / 11
1 / 11

The Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division), branded as Liberal Victoria, [14] and commonly known as the Victorian Liberals, is the state division of the Liberal Party of Australia in Victoria. It was formed in 1949 as the Liberal and Country Party (LCP), and simplified its name to the Liberal Party in 1965. [15]


There was a previous Victorian division of the Liberal Party when the Liberal Party was formed in 1945, but it ceased to exist and merged to form the LCP in March 1949. [16]



Robert Menzies, who was the Prime Minister of Australia between 1939 and 1941, founded the Liberal Party during a conference held in Canberra in October 1944, uniting many non-Labor political organisations, including the United Australia Party (UAP) and the Australian Women's National League (AWNL). [17]

The UAP was a major conservative party in Australia and last governed Victoria between May 1932 and April 1935, under Stanley Argyle's leadership. Argyle lost the premiership when the UAP's coalition partner, the United Country Party, led by Albert Dunstan, ended the coalition and formed a minority government with the support of the Labor Party. After Argyle's death in late 1941, Thomas Hollway became the leader of the UAP in Victoria. During his time as UAP leader, he was the Deputy Premier in a Dunstan coalition government from September 1943. [18]

The AWNL was a conservative women's organisation founded and originally based in Victoria, but had expanded across Australia since World War I. Its leaders included Dame Elizabeth Couchman and future senator Ivy Wedgwood, both of whom were from Victoria. During the October 1944 conference, the AWNL was recognised by Menzies as one of the long-standing non-Labor organisations in Victoria. [19]

The Liberal Party in Victoria was established between December 1944 and January 1945, with the names of the provisional state executive revealed on 29 December 1944, and the first meeting held a week later, on 5 January 1945. [20] [21] The state executive included AWNL's leaders Couchman and Wedgwood. The AWNL joined the Liberal Party on 30 January 1945. [22] The UAP and its parliamentary members (including Hollway) joined the Liberal Party on 5 March 1945, with the state parliamentary UAP becoming the state parliamentary Liberal Party. As a result, Hollway became the first parliamentary leader of the Victorian branch of the Liberal Party. [23]

Old Liberal Party Victorian Division

On 2 October 1945, deputy Liberal Party leader, Ian Macfarlan, was commissioned by the Governor, Sir Winston Dugan, to form a government, when it became clear that the Victorian Legislative Assembly would not grant supply to the Dunstan government. The Liberals were defeated by the Labor Party in the election a month later.

By the 1947 Victorian state election, the Liberals were again in coalition with the Country Party (renamed from United Country Party) and contested the election together. The coalition won the election and governed Victoria as majority government from 20 November 1947 to 3 December 1948, with Liberal leader Hollway as Premier and Country leader John McDonald as Deputy Premier. [24]

Liberal and Country Party


During a series of transport strikes in 1948, the moderate Hollway had dealt amicably with the transport unions and the Trades Hall Council, but McDonald heavily criticised his conciliatory approach to the conservative parties' traditional enemies. [25] Hollway forced McDonald to resign as deputy, and Wilfrid Kent Hughes, deputy leader of Liberal Party, was appointed Deputy Premier.

In February 1949, the Liberal Party planned to form a new Liberal and Country Party (LCP), with metropolitan and country interests proposed to be represented on a 50-50 basis. [26] Hollway hoped this would unite the two "anti-socialist" parties of Liberal Party and Country Party together, [27] an idea supported by Liberal Party and Country Party voters. [28] [29]

A merger of the Liberal and Country parties had already happened in South Australia in 1932, with the formation of the Liberal and Country League. The Liberal Party conference on 22 February 1949 endorsed the idea of a merger. [30] However, the idea was rejected by the Country Party and argued it was a takeover attempt of the Country Party, and to eliminate the Country Party from Victorian politics entirely. [31] [32]

However, six Country Party MPs were willing to be part of the united party. On 22 March 1949, they joined the Liberals in forming the Liberal and Country Party (LCP). [33] [34] [16] [35] Hollway was chosen as leader of the new party and continued to be Premier. [36] Hughes also continued as deputy leader of the new party and Deputy Premier. The six former Country MPs were eligible for Cabinet positions in the new LCP government, but turned them down since "the present cabinet had prepared legislation for the new parliamentary session" and "should carry on with it", [37] so the incumbent cabinet composition was unchanged. The LCP succeeded the old Victorian Liberal Party as the Victorian Division of the Liberal Party of Australia, and federal members endorsed by the LCP sat with the Liberals in Canberra and belonged to the federal parliamentary Liberal Party. [38]

Future Prime Minister, John Gorton, was one of those appointed to the state executive of the LCP. [32] He had supported the Country Party since before the war, but became frustrated with the party's squabbles with the Liberal Party and its willingness to co-operate with the Labor Party. While being part of the LCP state executive, he had addressed Country Party gatherings in a few occasions, urging its members to join the new party and stressing that it would not neglect rural interests, as many feared. However, the Country Party was not convinced and never joined the new party.

The LCP, Country Party and Labor Party were the principal contestants at the 1949 Legislative Council election in June. [39] John Lienhop, who was a member of the Bendigo Province and previously elected as a Country Party member, contested the election as an LCP member and managed to retain his seat.

Despite their differences, the LCP and Country Party agreed to endorse the same candidates for 10 seats in Victoria for the 1949 federal election in December, minimising three-cornered contests. [40] The federal Liberal/Country coalition led by Robert Menzies won the election, securing 20 out of the 33 lower house seats in Victoria.

Loss of government

The LCP continued to govern Victoria independently as a minority government until 27 June 1950, when the Victorian Labor agreed to support a minority Country Party government led by McDonald.

In December 1951, Hollway and his deputy Trevor Oldham were replaced by Les Norman and Henry Bolte, as party leader and deputy leader respectively. In September 1952, Hollway and seven LCP members were expelled from the LCP after a dispute over electoral reform. [41] In October, the Labor Party moved to defeat the McDonald government by working with two of Hollway's supporters in the Victorian Legislative Council to block supply. [42] Hollway was commissioned by the governor, Sir Dallas Brooks, to form a minority government with the seven former LCP members, known as the Electoral Reform League, and the backing of the Labor Party on confidence and supply. However, 70 hours later, Brooks forced Hollway to resign and recommissioned McDonald as premier. [43]

Two months later. at the state election in December 1952, Hollway contested Norman's seat of Glen Iris and won. Neither Country Party, the LCP, nor the Electoral Reform League won enough seats to form government. With Norman losing his seat, Oldham was elected as leader, with Bolte remaining as deputy leader. Oldham and his wife died in a plane crash in India on 2 May 1953, on their way to England to attend the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, [44] [45] and Bolte succeeded him as LCP leader.

In 1954, Hollway and his supporters formed the Victorian Liberal Party, replacing the Electoral Reform League. Despite the name, it was a separate party to the LCP and the federal Liberal Party.

Following the Australian Labor Party split of 1955 that led to the weakening of the governing Victorian Labor, the LCP, led by Bolte, won the 1955 Victorian state election and formed government for the next 27 years, without a coalition with the Country Party. All members of Hollway's Victorian Liberal Party, including Hollway, lost their seats in the election, and the party ceased to exist.

Liberal Party

Change of name to Liberal Party

As one of the conditions of the Country Party supporting the government's supply bill in the Legislative Council on 27 October 1964, the 'and Country' was to be dropped from the name of the Liberal and Country Party. [46] During the party's State Council in March 1965, the party debated for more than an hour on its party name. It was revealed through a letter from Menzies that he did not like the "Liberal and Country Party" name because "liberalism catered for people in the city and in the country". [15] With the letter, Bolte managed to persuade the party to support the motion of change of name back to the original name of Liberal Party. [47] [48]

Malcolm Fraser, the Prime Minister between 1975 and 1983, is to date the last Liberal Prime Minister from Victoria. His immediate successor Andrew Peacock, who served from 1983 to 1985, and again from 1989 to 1990, is the most recent Victorian federal Liberal leader.

The Liberal Party continued to hold government in the Victorian state parliament until 1982 under the leaderships of Bolte, Rupert Hamer and Lindsay Thompson.

Opposition (1982–1992)

The Liberal Party was defeated in the 1982 Victorian state election after governing Victoria for 27 years. Following the Liberals' defeat, Jeff Kennett became the leader of the party. He was deposed as leader following the 1988 Victorian state election, and was replaced by Alan Brown. During Brown's leadership, the Liberals reached a new Coalition agreement with the Victorian Nationals, led by Pat McNamara since 1988.

Kennett became party leader again in 1991 and led the Coalition to victory in the 1992 Victorian state election. The Liberals actually a majority of seats in their own right but, although Kennett had no need for the support of the Nationals, he retained the Coalition, with McNamara as Deputy Premier.[ citation needed ]

Kennett government

The Liberal and National Coalition held government from 1992 to 1999 under Kennett's leadership. The Kennett government privatised many government services, including closing down over three hundred schools. [49] The Liberals and Nationals fought as a Coalition in the 1996, which the LIberals won majority in its own right again, and 1999, which the Coalition was defeated.

Opposition (1999–2010)

McNamara's successor as Nationals leader, Peter Ryan, ended the Coalition agreement. [50] Since then, Liberals and Nationals had a strained relationship. Ryan uttered several sharp criticisms of the Liberals' most prominent figures, particularly their no-tolls policy on the Melbourne Eastlink freeway [51] and on former leader Robert Doyle's remarks that the Liberals were twenty seats from government, a statement that assumed that the Nationals would support a Liberal government. [52] Relations soured further at the beginning of 2006 when Victorian Senator Julian McGauran defected from the Nationals to the Liberals. [53]

The Liberal Party was the sole opposition party in Victoria until 2008, when Liberals under Ted Baillieu formed a new Coalition agreement with the Nationals. [54]

Baillieu & Napthine governments

After the 2010 Victorian state election, the Liberal and National Coalition held government under Baillieu's leadership. On 7 March 2013 Baillieu resigned from his position of Premier of Victoria and he was replaced by Denis Napthine. Napthine led the Coalition to a defeat in the 2014 Victorian state election.

Opposition (since 2014)

After the 2014 election, Matthew Guy was elected leader. The Coalition arrangement was maintained while the Liberals and Nationals were in opposition. The coalition lost the 2018 election and suffered a significant swing against it, leading to the resignation of Guy as leader of the Liberal Party. [55] He was replaced by Michael O'Brien as party leader.

Branch stacking allegations in the party had been linked to conservative powerbroker Marcus Bastiaan since 2016. In late August 2020, his activities in branch stacking were revealed by Nine/The Age, which included directing taxpayer-funded electorate staff working for federal MP Kevin Andrews to be involved with party activities such as recruitment of party members, which is illegal by federal or state law, recruiting members to the party by paying for their membership, and adding party members to seats under fake residential addresses. [3] Bastiaan's activities were allegedly endorsed by Michael Sukkar, another conservative federal MP who was a minister within the Morrison ministry. Just a week earlier, internal audit by the party found some members breached party rules by paying for other people's membership fees. [13]

On 6 September 2021, a few Liberal MPs including Guy resigned from O'Brien's shadow cabinet or from parliamentary party positions. O'Brien refused to step down as party leader as "he believed he had the support of the majority of MPs" ahead of a possible leadership challenge. [56] The following day, Guy replaced O'Brien as party leader in a leadership spill. [57] Cindy McLeish was replaced by David Southwick as deputy party leader.

According to The Age, between November 2018 and November 2021, the Coalition's Legislative Council members voted with the Andrews Government's position 28.9% of the time; of the parties in the Legislative Council, only the Liberal Democratic Party had a lower figure (22.1%). [58]

In May 2022, Bernie Finn was expelled from the Victorian Liberal Party for "a series of inflammatory social media posts", including calling for abortion to be made illegal in all circumstances, and comparing the Victorian Premier to Adolf Hitler. [59] [60] [61]

Following the 2022 Victorian state election, the party's director Sam McQuestin, stepped down citing 'internal challenges' in the months leading into the state election. McQuestin is set to be replaced by West Australian Liberal party state director Stuart Smith after a three-month search. [62]

John Pesutto was elected leader of the Liberal Party on 8 December 2022, winning the party room ballot by one vote against Brad Battin. [63]

Under Pesutto's leadership, in March 2023 he attempted to expel Liberal MP Moira Deeming from the party room after she spoke at an anti-trans rally outside the Victorian Parliament, but the vote failed 18-11. [64] [65] [66] [67] Two months later, Deeming threatened to sue Pesutto following the first attempt to expel her and associate her with Neo Nazis. She was subsequently expelled from the party room 19 votes to 11. [68] Following that vote, Pesutto was Booed by supporters of Deeming during a state council speech. [69] [70] [71] [72]

Victorian Liberal leaders

#LeaderTerm startTerm endElectorateTime in officePremierDeparture notes
1 TomHollway.jpg Thomas Hollway
5 March 19454 December 1951 Ballarat
6 years, 274 daysYes (1947–1950)Deposed
2 Les Norman.jpg Les Norman
4 December 195119 December 1952 Glen Iris
1 year, 15 daysNoLost his seat of Glen Iris in the 1952 state election
3 Trevor Oldham.png Trevor Oldham
19 December 19522 May 1953 Malvern
134 daysNo Died in office
4 Henry Bolte.jpg Henry Bolte
3 June 195323 August 1972 Hampden
19 years, 81 daysYes (1955–1972)Resigned
5 Dick Hamer.jpg Rupert Hamer
23 August 19725 June 1981 Kew
8 years, 286 daysYes (1972–1981)Resigned
6 No image.svg Lindsay Thompson
5 June 198126 October 1982 Malvern
1 year, 143 daysYes (1981–1982)Resigned
7 Jeff Kennett.jpg Jeff Kennett
26 October 198223 May 1989 Burwood
6 years, 209 daysNoDeposed
8 No image.svg Alan Brown
23 May 198923 April 1991 Gippsland West
1 year, 335 daysNoDeposed
(7) Jeff Kennett.jpg Jeff Kennett
23 April 199126 October 1999 Burwood
8 years, 186 daysYes (1992–1999)Resigned
9 Denis Napthine.jpg Denis Napthine
26 October 199920 August 2002 Portland
2 years, 298 daysNoDeposed
10 Robert Doyle 2013.jpg Robert Doyle
20 August 20028 May 2006 Malvern
3 years, 261 daysNoResigned
11 Ted baillieu.jpg Ted Baillieu
8 May 20066 March 2013 Hawthorn
6 years, 302 daysYes (2010–2013)Resigned
(9) Premier Denis Napthine.jpg Denis Napthine
6 March 20134 December 2014 South-West Coast
1 year, 273 daysYes (2013–2014)Resigned
12 Matthew Guy
4 December 20146 December 2018 Bulleen
4 years, 2 daysNoResigned
13 Michael O'Brien
6 December 20187 September 2021 Malvern
2 years, 275 daysNoDeposed
(12) Matthew Guy
7 September 2021
8 December 2022 Bulleen
1 year, 92 daysNoResigned
14 John Pesutto 2022 (cropped).jpg John Pesutto
8 December 2022Incumbent Hawthorn
192 daysNo

Victorian Liberal deputy leaders

#Deputy LeaderTerm startTerm endElectorateTime in officeDeputy PremierLeaderDeparture notes
1 Imcfarlanemp.jpg Ian Macfarlan
5 March 19452 October 1945 Brighton
211 daysNo Thomas Hollway Became Premier with the support of breakaway Liberals following the collapse of Albert Dunstan's ministry
2 Trevor Oldham.png Trevor Oldham
22 November 194514 November 1947 Malvern
1 year, 357 daysNo Thomas Hollway Resigned
3 Kenthughes.jpg Wilfrid Kent Hughes
14 November 194728 October 1949 Kew
1 year, 348 daysYes (1948-1949) Thomas Hollway Resigned to transfer to federal politics
(2) Trevor Oldham.png Trevor Oldham
8 November 19494 December 1951 Malvern
2 years, 26 daysYes (1949-1950) Thomas Hollway Deposed
4 Henry Bolte.jpg Henry Bolte
4 December 19513 June 1953 Hampden
1 year, 181 daysNo Les Norman Became leader following the death of Trevor Oldham
Trevor Oldham
5 Arthur Rylah .jpg Arthur Rylah
3 June 195321 April 1971 Kew
17 years, 322 daysYes (1955-1971) Henry Bolte Resigned due to ill health
6 Dick Hamer.jpg Rupert Hamer
21 April 197123 August 1972 Kew
1 year, 124 daysYes (1971-1972) Henry Bolte Became leader following the resignation of Henry Bolte
7 No image.svg Lindsay Thompson
23 August 19725 June 1981 Malvern
8 years, 286 daysYes (1972-1981) Rupert Hamer Became leader following the resignation of Rupert Hamer
8 No image.svg Bill Borthwick
5 June 19817 April 1982 Monbulk
306 daysYes (1981-1982) Lindsay Thompson Lost his seat of Monbulk in the 1982 state election
9 No image.svg Rob Maclellan
7 April 19825 March 1985 Berwick
2 years, 332 daysNo Lindsay Thompson Deposed
Jeff Kennett
10 No image.svg Tom Austin
5 March 19856 October 1987 Ripon
2 years, 215 daysNo Jeff Kennett Resigned
11 No image.svg Alan Brown
6 October 198723 May 1989 Gippsland West
1 year, 229 daysNo Jeff Kennett Became leader following a successful challenge against Jeff Kennett
12 No image.svg Roger Pescott
23 May 198924 July 1990 Bennettswood
1 year, 62 daysNo Alan Brown Resigned in failed bid to transfer to federal politics
13 No image.svg Alan Stockdale
24 July 199023 April 1991 Brighton
273 daysNo Alan Brown Deposed
14 No image.svg Phil Gude
23 April 199123 September 1999 Hawthorn
8 years, 153 daysNo Jeff Kennett Resigned
15 Denis Napthine.jpg Denis Napthine
23 September 199926 October 1999 Portland
33 daysNo Jeff Kennett Became leader following the resignation of Jeff Kennett
16 Louise Asher.jpg Louise Asher
26 October 199920 August 2002 Brighton
2 years, 298 daysNo Denis Napthine Deposed
17 No image.svg Phil Honeywood
20 August 200228 March 2006 Warrandyte
3 years, 220 daysNo Robert Doyle Resigned
(16) Louise Asher.jpg Louise Asher
28 March 20064 December 2014 Brighton
8 years, 251 daysNo Robert Doyle Resigned
Ted Baillieu
Denis Napthine
18 David Hodgett at Parliament 2021.jpg David Hodgett
4 December 20146 December 2018 Croydon
4 years, 2 daysNo Matthew Guy Resigned
19 No image.svg Cindy McLeish
6 December 20187 September 2021 Eildon
2 years, 275 daysNo Michael O'Brien Deposed
20 No image.svg David Southwick
7 September 2021Incumbent Caulfield
1 year, 284 daysNo Matthew Guy
John Pesutto

Senior Figures

State presidents of the Victorian Liberal Party

1945–1948: William Anderson

1948–1949: Magnus Cormack

1949–1950: Dan Mackinnon

1950–1952: William Anderson

1952–1956: John Anderson

1956–1959: Rutherford Guthrie

1959–1962: John Buchan

1962–1965: William Snell

1965–1966: Andrew Peacock

1966–1970: Robert Southey

1970–1973: Phillip Russell

1973–1976: Peter Hardie

1976–1979: Joy Mein

1979–1982: Richard Alston

1982–1984: Stewart McArthur

1984–1987: Eda Ritchie

1987–1992: Michael Kroger

1992–1998: Ted Baillieu

1997–2000: Joy Howley

2000–2003: Ian Carson

2003–2006: Helen Kroger

2006–2007: Russell Hannan

2007–2011: David Kemp

2011–2015: Tony Snell

2015–2018: Michael Kroger

2019–2022: Robert Clark

2022-Current: Greg Mirabella

State Directors of the Victorian Liberal Party

1945–1971: J V McConnell

1971–1974: Leo Hawkins

1975–1976: Timothy Pascoe

1976–1977: Graham Jennings

1977–1983: Neville Hughes

1984–1987: John Ridley

1987–1988: David Kemp

1989–1994: Petro Georgiou

1994–2000: Peter Poggioli

2000–2003: Brian Loughnane

2003–2008: Julian Sheezel

2008–2011: Tony Nutt

2011–2015: Damien Mantach

2015–2017: Simon Frost

2017–2019: Nick Demiris

2019–present: Sam McQuestin

Election results

Liberal Party (1945–1949)

YearSeats won±Total votes %±%PositionLeader
10 / 65
Decrease2.svg3180,04620.51%Decrease2.svg2.56%Crossbench Thomas Hollway
27 / 65

Liberal and Country Party (1949–1965) & Liberal Party (since 1965)

YearSeats won±Total votes %±%PositionLeader
27 / 65
Steady2.svg0491,44840.69%Increase2.svg3.53%Minority government Thomas Hollway
11 / 65
Decrease2.svg16255,68524.85%Decrease2.svg15.84%Crossbench Les Norman
34 / 66
Increase2.svg23487,40837.8%Increase2.svg12.93%Majority government Henry Bolte
39 / 66
Increase2.svg5508,67837.18%Decrease2.svg0.6%Majority government
39 / 66
Steady2.svg0521,77736.44%Decrease2.svg0.74%Majority government
38 / 66
Decrease2.svg1597,74839.63%Increase2.svg3.20%Majority government
44 / 73
Increase2.svg6589,98537.49%Decrease2.svg2.14%Majority government
42 / 73
Decrease2.svg2614,09436.70%Decrease2.svg0.79%Majority government
46 / 73
Increase2.svg4803,38242.34%Increase2.svg5.64%Majority government Rupert Hamer
52 / 81
Increase2.svg6939,48145.87%Increase2.svg3.53%Majority government
41 / 81
Decrease2.svg11881,36641.44%Decrease2.svg4.44%Majority government
24 / 81
Decrease2.svg17860,66938.33%Decrease2.svg3.11%Opposition Lindsay Thompson
31 / 88
Increase2.svg71,003,00341.86%Increase2.svg3.53%Opposition Jeff Kennett
33 / 88
52 / 88
49 / 88
36 / 88
17 / 88
Decrease2.svg19985,01133.91%Decrease2.svg8.31%Opposition Robert Doyle
23 / 88
Increase2.svg61,022,11034.44%Increase2.svg0.53%Opposition Ted Baillieu
35 / 88
30 / 88
Decrease2.svg51,223,66336.47%Decrease2.svg1.57%Opposition Denis Napthine
21 / 88
Decrease2.svg91,069,13730.42%Decrease2.svg6.04%Opposition Matthew Guy
18 / 88

Federal Elections

ElectionSeats Won±Total Votes%±Leader
7 / 20
Increase2.svg 1466,73437.80%Increase2.svg 11.80% Robert Menzies
17 / 33
Increase2.svg 10535,21441.40%Increase2.svg 3.60%
15 / 33
Decrease2.svg 2571,39843.60%Increase2.svg 2.20%
15 / 33
Steady2.svg 0572,23345.20%Increase2.svg 1.60%
20 / 33
Increase2.svg 5549,98541.40%Decrease2.svg 3.80%
18 / 33
Decrease2.svg 2531,40437.80%Decrease2.svg 3.60%
18 / 33
Steady2.svg 0515,79234.80%Decrease2.svg 3.00%
18 / 33
Steady2.svg 0600,30639.10%Increase2.svg 4.30%
19 / 33
Increase2.svg 1622,70839.80%Increase2.svg 0.70% Harold Holt
18 / 34
Decrease2.svg 1626,47437.60%Decrease2.svg 2.20% John Gorton
14 / 34
Decrease2.svg 4606,27333.60%Decrease2.svg 4.00% William McMahon
12 / 34
Decrease2.svg 2738,23636.40%Increase2.svg 2.80% Billy Snedden
19 / 34
Increase2.svg 7887,68542.30%Increase2.svg 5.90% Malcolm Fraser
20 / 33
Increase2.svg 1842,54539.60%Decrease2.svg 2.70%
13 / 33
Decrease2.svg 7874,39539.10%Decrease2.svg 0.50%
7 / 33
Decrease2.svg 6869,54237.10%Decrease2.svg 2.00%
11 / 39
Increase2.svg 4842,42336.90%Decrease2.svg 0.20% Andrew Peacock
12 / 39
Increase2.svg 1922,68038.00%Increase2.svg 1.10% John Howard
21 / 38
Increase2.svg 91,018,74039.70%Increase2.svg 1.70% Andrew Peacock
17 / 38
Decrease2.svg 41,102,96540.20%Increase2.svg 0.50% John Hewson
19 / 37
Increase2.svg 21,106,55639.90%Decrease2.svg 0.30% John Howard
16 / 37
Decrease2.svg 31,053,99037.10%Decrease2.svg 2.80%
15 / 37
Decrease2.svg 11,154,49339.10%Increase2.svg 2.00%
16 / 37
Increase2.svg 11,302,03843.24%Increase2.svg 4.14%
14 / 37
Decrease2.svg 21,206,99238.09%Decrease2.svg 5.15%
12 / 37
Decrease2.svg 21,159,30136.45%Decrease2.svg 1.64% Tony Abbott
14 / 37
Increase2.svg 21,320,41740.08%Increase2.svg 3.63%
14 / 37
Steady2.svg 01,273,41937.01%Decrease2.svg 3.07% Malcolm Turnbull
12 / 38
Decrease2.svg 21,288,80534.88%Decrease2.svg 2.13% Scott Morrison
8 / 39
Decrease2.svg 41,010,45329.82%Decrease2.svg 5.06%

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">1950 Victorian state election</span>

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The 2022 Liberal Party of Australia leadership election was an election to appoint the leader of the Victorian branch of the Liberal Party and Leader of the Opposition after the 2022 Victorian state election. Matthew Guy, who had held these roles since September 2021 and previously in 2018 resigned after the Coalition's defeat to the Australian Labor Party at the November election.



  1. The party was formed out of the Victorian United Australia Party (UAP) and is chiefly the successor to it. The party has overgone several changes (name, mergers), but holds the same name as it was founded.


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