Matthew Guy ousts Michael O’Brien to become Oppn leader

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Matthew Guy returns as Victorian opposition leader after Michael O’Brien was ousted in a dramatic spill motion this morning.

The motion, moved by Liberal MP Tim Smith, was carried 20-11.

O’Brien decided against contesting the motion which led to Guy being elected as the only leadership candidate.

After the spill motion, O’Brien told the media it was important for Liberals to support the new leadership team. He added, “I have never been the person to play political games, it’s just not me, it’s not who I am… Either you give up your job, or you give up your integrity.”

O’Brien also thanked his colleagues in the Parliamentary Liberal Party for giving him “the honour of serving as their leader and for the privilege of their support over the last three years”.

Caulfield MP David Southwick has been elected deputy leader.

Born and raised in the north eastern suburbs of Greensborough and Montmorency, Guy attended local primary and secondary schools. Completing tertiary studies at Latrobe University, Guy obtained a Batchelor of Arts and also completed post graduate studies in Ukrainian language and culture at Monash University, according to the Victorian Liberal Party website.

Guy was elected to the state Legislative Council as a Member for the Northern Metropolitan Region in November 2006 and re-elected in 2010. In 2010 he was appointed the Minister for Planning and in early 2014 added the responsibilities of Minister for Multicultural Affairs and citizenship.

In 2014, Guy was elected as the Member for Bulleen in the Legislative Assembly, soon after which he was elected as the Leader of the Liberal party and leader of the Opposition.

After resigning as Liberal Party leader in 2018, Guy was appointed in 2019 as the Shadow Minister for Finance, Jobs and Trade and Business Precincts.

Before being elected to Parliament, Guy worked for senior politicians such as Premier Jeff Kennett, Opposition Leader Denis Napthine and federal Minister Senator Rod Kemp.

Guy is married to Renae and has three sons.

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