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TRACY BOWDEN, PRESENTER: The new Coalition Government in Victoria will be sworn in over the next
few days, and Premier elect Ted Baillieu has already set out his 100 day agenda.

Law and order reforms are on the top of the list and his government will throw open the books on
contracts for the disastrous new public transport ticketing system and Victoria's controversial
desalination plant.

But the new regime in Victoria is likely to spell trouble for the Gillard Government. Ted Baillieu
is being urged not to sign the Federal Government's hospital agreement and any support for the
National Broadband Network could come with conditions.

Political editor Heather Ewart reports.

HEATHER EWART, POLITICAL EDITOR: There's no more obvious sign of an outgoing Government than this.

(Recycling truck upends bins full of shredded paper)

The shredders were working overtime at Victorian ministerial offices this morning as John Brumby's
team cleared out the desks to make way for the new Premier, Ted Baillieu, who swiftly called a news
conference to stamp his mark.

TED BAILLIEU, VICTORIAN PREMIER ELECT: We thank the people of Victoria for the trust they have
placed in us and we are humbled by their support.

I want to say right up front we will not let them down.

HEATHER EWART: After 11 years in the political wilderness, the Liberal and National Parties were
back in town:

TED BAILLIEU: I intend to reward the trust of those families with humility and honesty.

Under a Baillieu Government, what you see is what you will get. There will be no hidden agendas,
there will be no spin, there will be no secrecy.

Accountability and transparency will be the principles that underpin our Government.

And the Government that we lead will be driven by integrity and governed with dignity and decency.

HEATHER EWART: That even extended to a glowing tribute to the man he defeated by the slimmest of
margins.

TED BAILLIEU: I spoke to John Brumby at length last night. John has served this State at the
highest levels of public office for 11 years and his is a remarkable legacy.

I respect his contribution and I will honour his contribution.

HEATHER EWART: Maybe that's because the two of them go back a long way - from secondary school days
at the exclusive Melbourne Grammar.

TED BAILLIEU: John and I have actually known each other for nearly 45 years. And there's probably a
degree of embarrassment attached to some of those very early photographs, some of which have found
their way into prominence of recent days.

John and I had cause to reflect last night on the intersections our lives have taken - the twists,
the turns and indeed the symmetry of our political careers, albeit on opposite sides.

We've both faced two elections as leader. We nearly came out square in the second.

HEATHER EWART: Ted Baillieu likes long distance swimming. Indeed, he swims every day, even on his
first morning as Premier elect.

There are those in his own party who thought he didn't have it in him to last the distance in
politics but he says his confidence never left him.

TED BAILLIEU: I believed this was possible. I am a stayer. I stay the course. I think I've said to
a few on occasions I'm an egg hatcher, not a chicken counter.

JOHN RIDLEY, FORMER VICTORIAN LIBERAL LEADER: Ted is someone that people can underestimate because
he's not showy or out there, in a way, but he's very reflective, very sincere, has very strong
values.

I think he is going to be an exceptionally strong Premier.

HEATHER EWART: His mentors include former premier Jeff Kennett, and former Federal Liberal member
for Kooyong Petro Georgiou, an outspoken critic of John Howard's asylum seeker policies.

Ted Baillieu is regarded by his friends as a progressive and not in the same mould as Federal
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott.

JOHN RIDLEY: I think that is very important in Victoria because Victoria as a state is more
progressive overall and I think...

I mean, Ted, frankly, is the outstanding liberal - small L liberal - in politics today. And I think
that's a very important credential. He won't change that.

HEATHER EWART: Ted Baillieu hails from one of Melbourne's oldest and best known blue blood
families.

Those who know him well claim he will fiercely defend the State where he was born and bred. And
that could mean a few arguments ahead with Julia Gillard over issues like the Federal health reform
deal, negotiated with the States several months ago.

TED BAILLIEU: My predecessor went to Canberra with an ambition at one level and came back with just
20 per cent of that ambition.

We want to know what is in the deal for Victoria.

There'll obviously be some issues around Federal State relations. There are issues about the
completion of the BER project. We have an interest in particular in the rollout of funding for the
BER projects and how that was managed.

HEATHER EWART: Do you think he will be with willing to pick a fight with Julia Gillard?

JOHN RIDLEY: If necessary, yes. I mean, he doesn't pick fights unnecessarily.

I mean, he's had a long period where even internally there have been people who have been less than
supportive of him. He's not gone about picking a fight with them publicly at all. It's not the way
he operates.

HEATHER EWART: How he and his team do operate is of course yet to unfold. They won't be sworn in
until the end of the week.

But already he's pledged there will be no sudden, radical changes.

TRACEY BOWDEN: Political editor Heather Ewart there.