Glen Druery defends Victorian election preference deals, feels ‘betrayed’ by video leak

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Glen Druery defends Victorian election preference deals, feels ‘betrayed’ by video leak

‘Preference whisperer’ Glenn Druery says he has met with senior staff and politicians from the Liberal and Labor parties and says he feels “betrayed” by a leaked video of him discussing deals.

Mr Druery helps micro parties cobble together complex preference arrangements to get elected to Victoria’s upper house. The practice is not illegal.

On Thursday, the Angry Victorians Party released a secretly recorded video in which Mr Druery discussed preference deals and boasted about his influence.

The revelations re-ignited calls for Victoria’s complex upper-house group voting ticket system to be reformed.

In one video excerpt released by the micro party, Mr Druery said he was confident Labor would win the upcoming election and discussed how he needed to deliver a crossbench the party could work with.

Today, Mr Druery told the ABC that his advice to all crossbenchers was to not be obstructionist towards the government of the day. 

“You must learn to work with the government of the day, be it Labor or Liberal. It doesn’t mean to you have to bend over backwards for them, but there’s no joy in being obstructionist,” he said. 

Three men in a Zoom meeting.
A video of Glenn Druery discussing preference deals was released by the Angry Victorians Party.(Supplied)

Mr Druery said he had never met Premier Daniel Andrews but had met his chief of staff Lissie Ratcliffe to discuss staffing arrangements for the crossbench. He was an adviser to the Derryn Hinch Justice Party at the time. 

“No deals were discussed,” he said.

In the videos leaked on Thursday, Mr Druery said the Labor government had been unwilling to reform the voting system because it kept their opponents at bay.

But with so much legislation before the crossbench he today argued that they needed extra staff to understand all the bills. 

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