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Dan Andrews starts every Cabinet meeting by boasting about his social media ‘reach’

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Dan Andrews starts every Cabinet meeting by boasting about his social media 'reach'

An Australian MP has given an insight into Dan Andrews’ ‘ego-driven’ Cabinet meetings which he claims focuses upon the Premier’s popularity on social media.

Former Labor-turned-independent MP Adem Somyurek launched a vicious attack on the Victorian Premier over his weekly meetings with ministers, claiming they were cringe-worthy boasting sessions about ‘the size’ of Andrews’ online following. 

Somyurek – who resigned from the party following branch-stacking allegations – claimed Andrews’ large following is usually the ‘first item’ of business. 

‘It is a ritual that bores all ministers and interferes with the business of government. But ministers shut up – lest they offend the mad king.’

‘Dan calls a senior female advisor to report on Dan’s online performance,’ he Tweeted.

‘The advisor reports glowingly about Dan’s big reach, comparing the size of Dan’s reach with the size of the PMs and other premiers in what is a weekly reach measuring contest.’

Somyurek claimed the Premier sought feedback from other ministers, which always came first from people aligned with his own Socialist Left faction.

Invariably they were ‘effusive in their praise of their ‘dear leader’s ‘massive’ reach.’ 

Somyurek, who resigned from Labor in 2020 amid a branch-stacking scandal, painted a picture of cringeworthy briefings led by social media advisors tolerated by ‘bored’ ministers because they don’t want to offend the premier.

Somyurek quit the Labor Party last year before he was expelled following a 60 Minutes investigation that made allegations about branch stacking. 

His resignation came after Andrews referred Somyurek to the Victorian police and the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission. Those investigations are ongoing.

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