After a year of discovering who really runs Australia, The Power Index is finally set to reveal the country's fifty most powerful people.
Throughout July, Paul Barry and The Power Index team will be counting down the most influential people in the nation from business, media, politics, sport and culture.
The Power 50 / 2012
Premier of Victoria
Born in: Melbourne
Home Town: Melbourne
The Premier of Victoria should be the most powerful figure in Melbourne, if not the entire state, by pulling significant levers that shape the city's economy and culture.
But the observers we spoke to for our Melbourne power list were not so sure if that’s the case with Ted Baillieu, and that’s why he doesn’t feature right up the pointy end of the Power 50.
The problem is Baillieu lacks a sense of urgency. Insiders tell of Cabinet proposals sitting in limbo for months before being signed off with hours to spare. They talk of the party losing $5 million from donors while Baillieu failed to bed down fundraising guidelines that should have taken a week.
And a leader that once promised "no secrecy, no spin" is now so paranoid that even the simplest of FOI (Freedom of Information) requests take months to process.
While Baillieu’s quietly bedding down modest reforms with little or no fanfare, it may not be enough to prevent him from becoming a "oncer" -- the first since David Tonkin's disastrous effort in South Australia in 1982.