Jacinta’s time to shine
Get used to a new name on the domestic political landscape – Jacinta Allan has become Victoria’s 49th Premier after Daniel Andrews upped stumps yesterday. It didn’t go quite to plan in the Labor caucus meeting, with Ben Carroll also nominating before settling for the deputy’s job, therefore avoiding a messy ballot. Allan’s been in the Victorian Parliament for 24 years, but it’s fair to say she is not widely known outside her home state. She turned 50yo a week ago, is married with a couple of kids, and was the minister responsible for the now-dumped Commonwealth Games… In her first presser as leader, she got emotional when asked about becoming the state’s second female premier – and said her policy priorities will be unveiled in the coming weeks. Note: ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr is now the longest-serving state/ territory leader at nearly 9 years, followed by Queensland’s Annastacia Palaszczuk at 7.5 years.
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