|Election||Premier at election||Premier's party||Premier after election||Premier's party|
|VIC 27 November 2010||John Mansfield Brumby||Australian Labor Party||Edward Norman Baillieu||Liberal Party|
Loss of general election (Brumby): Beginning of Baillieu's period in office; The Brumby Australian Labor Party government was narrowly defeated at the Legislative Assembly election held on 27 November 2010 by the combined votes won by the Liberal Party and the National Party. The Leader of the Liberal Party since May 2006, Baillieu, was commissioned as Premier of a Liberal Party and National Party coalition government. For the choice of Baillieu as Leader of the Liberal Party, see Nick Economou, 'Victoria', Australian Journal of Politics and History, Political Chronicle, January to June, 52(4) December 2006: 650-656 at 652-654.
A detailed study of the election is provided by Bella Lesman, Rachel Macreadie and Greg Gardiner, The 2010 Victorian State Election, Research Paper No.1, April 2011 (Melbourne: Research Services, Parliamentary Library, Department of Parliamentary Services, Parliament of Victoria, 2011, ISSN 1836-7941 Print, 1836-795X). A briefer survey and analysis can be found in Nick Economou, 'Victoria', Australian Journal of Politics and History, Australian Political Chronicle, 57 (2) June 2011: 296-303.
Change of party leader (Baillieu): The sudden resignation of Premier Baillieu as Leader of the Liberal Party on 6 March 2013 was linked to the defection of Geoffrey Shaw from the parliamentary Liberal Party to sit as an Independent, with the effect of depriving the Baillieu government of its parliamentary majority. Shaw had threatened to cross the floor and vote down the Liberal Party and National Party coalition government unless Baillieu resigned as Premier. Premier Baillieu had been facing public criticism of his polices, dissatisfaction from within his party caucus, and faced a popular Australian Labor Party opposition. For analysis of Baillieu's resignation and its context, see Nick Economou, 'Victoria', Australian Journal of Politics and History, Political Chronicle, 59 (4) December 2013: 630-636.
References: The Australian Journal of Politics and History has given brief summaries of Victorian politics and government since 1956 in the 'Political Chronicle' section of the journal in issues of each annual volume. This publication can be viewed online through Wiley-Blackwell Journals at subscribing libraries.