When the Administrative Committee of the Victorian ALP met last Friday to effectively end the 27-year career of feared numbers man George Seitz, as foreshadowed by Crikey three weeks ago, John Brumby would have been hoping the Brimbank scandal would magically disappear with him.

By "dealing" with Brimbank and transferring pre-selection power and influence to the ALP's National Executive, the Premier is finally acting to plug the stench that has been emanating from Seitz’s sphere ever since his barnstorming run into State Parliament in 1982.