Kroger falls on his sword

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - ANDI YU

VIC­TO­RIAN Lib­eral Party Pres­i­dent Michael Kroger has re­signed, telling mem­bers that when his own sup­port­ers say it’s time to go, then he should prob­a­bly go.

Mr Kroger, who has been un­der pres­sure to va­cate the job since his party’s dev­as­tat­ing state elec­tion loss, also in­di­cated his re­spon­si­bil­ity in the elec­tion re­sult say­ing, “the buck stops at the top”.

His com­ments came in an in­ter­nal email sent to mem­bers on Fri­day, no­ti­fy­ing them that he had ad­vised a meet­ing of the Vic­to­rian Lib­eral state as­sem­bly that he would stand down. Mr Kroger said that given the fed­eral elec­tion is in May next year he had un­til yes­ter­day thought it ap­pro­pri­ate to re­main as pres­i­dent of the party’s Vic­to­rian divi­sion to en­sure sta­bil­ity.

“How­ever, upon read­ing var­i­ous news­pa­per ar­ti­cles to­day I think that when your own sup­port­ers are ba­si­cally telling you it is time to go, then it is prob­a­bly time to go,” Mr Kroger wrote. Af­ter com­ments about the need to elect a new pres­i­dent, Mr Kroger told mem­bers to re­mem­ber that the pres­i­dent “can­not con­trol ev­ery­thing in the party”.

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