Michael Kroger

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Michael Norman Kroger (born 30 May 1957) is a businessman and a powerbroker within the Victorian division of the Liberal Party of Australia. He was educated at Wesley College, Melbourne.

Early Life

Kroger became politically active while studying at Monash University. While president of the campus Liberal Club, Kroger is largely credited with the creation of the still-thriving Sir Robert Menzies Lecture. With his close friend Peter Costello he forged an alliance with moderate Australian Labor Party politicians in an effort to defeat far left-wing forces within the Australian Union of Students. He became President of the Australian Liberal Students' Federation in 1978.

Professional life

After graduating his association with Costello continued. Working as a solicitor he assisted Costello in winning the 1985 Dollar Sweets case. G. Henderson, Australia Answers, Random House, Sydney, 1990.

In 1987 and at the age of 30, Kroger was elected as the President of the Victorian division of the Liberal Party of Australia and was President until 1992, becoming the longest serving President in the Victorian Division's history. He instituted a series of reforms, the most important of which was his move to increase the power of the party executive in preselections. While this led to several preselection challenges in 1988 and 1989 (most notably Costello's successful challenge against Roger Shipton in Higgins) it has also helped in the election of several young...
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