Staying with that interview for a second, and Jeff Kennett mentioned it’s too early to say with certainty what Daniel Andrews’ legacy can be.
The previous Liberal premier added that he was “a bit of shocked” the premier had stepped down given he beforehand mentioned he would serve out his full-term, however, alternatively, he was not overly shocked given the toll of management over a protracted interval.
“I all the time say that someplace between seven and 9 years is the optimum interval for an individual to serve in a management place,” Kennett mentioned.
“You both obtain your objectives, during which case it is best to hand over duty, otherwise you don’t, and then you definately definitely ought to. So, Daniel has been there for 9 years. He’s on the extremity of my most popular optimum time. To that extent, I’m not shocked.”
When requested how Andrews could be remembered, Kennett mentioned he had sturdy management over his occasion, however mentioned his legacy wouldn’t really be recognized for years.
“The true check shouldn’t be the place you begin, however it’s the place you end. And the state during which you end. And the state during which you permit the group, on this case as a politician, or as a businessman,” the previous Liberal chief mentioned.
“Daniel’s legacy won’t be decided in the present day or tomorrow. It will likely be decided over the subsequent three or 4 years and is perhaps decided over the subsequent 20 years.”
Kennett mentioned as a former premier, he understood the honour of the position, and “the controls, the stress, the scrutiny that’s put upon you”.
“So I don’t wish to, in the present day, inside an hour or two of Daniel saying his retirement, provide you with my view of all of the strengths and weaknesses of his interval in workplace,” he mentioned.
He additionally noticed some similarities between his governance fashion and that of Andrews, however drew some distinctions.
“I by no means managed my occasion in the way in which that he managed his,” Kennett mentioned, including the outgoing premier’s willingness to tackle debt was one other distinction in his method to state administration.
When requested what he would say to Andrews if he ran into him, Kennett mentioned he “would need him effectively”.