Confused about the state of affairs in the Victorian election? Can’t separate your Guys from your Dans, or your Ratnams from your Walshes? Crikey is here to help with a series of primers on the major players in the upcoming state poll.

Today: opposition leader Matthew Guy.

Early Career

Just as Premier Daniel Andrews is “a party apparatchik from Central Casting”, Guy is almost a textbook ambitious young Liberal: he joined the party at 16 and worked as a researcher for then-premier Jeff Kennett in the 1990s, before going on to be chief-of-staff to another former Liberal leader, Denis Napthine, and a media adviser to former federal senator Rod Kemp.