12.30PM: BILL Tilley remains on the outer in the Victorian Government after being overlooked for a ministerial position.
The Member for Benambra was one of the notable absentees when Premier Denis Napthine announced his shuffled ministry today, despite Deputy Premier Peter Ryan losing his police portfolio.
Mr Ryan has been moved to Minister of State, Regional and Rural Development.
Kim Wells is the new Police Minister, with Michael O’Brien taking his job as Treasurer.
In other changes, Richard Dalla-Riva has been dumped from cabinet and Heidi Victoria enters cabinet as Arts Minister and Women’s Affairs and Consumer affairs.
Ted Baillieu has not been given a ministerial role, which Dr Napthine said was the former Premier’s request.
Member for Benalla Bill Sykes retained his job as parliamentary secretary for Primary Industries.
Mr Tilley's former parliamentary secretary position remains vacant.
There had been speculation that Mr Tilley would return to the frontbench following revelations in last week’s leaked tapes scandal.
In the tapes, Mr Baillieu’s Chief of Staff, Tony Nutt, was heard raising that possibility in a conversation with former ministerial adviser Tristan Weston.
Mr Tilley resigned as parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Police after it was revealed his evidence to an Office of Police Integrity investigated conflicted with Mr Ryan’s account.
They have agreed to disagree on the evidence, and Mr Tilley said he could no longer work under Mr Ryan in the Ministry for Police and Emergency Services.
The state opposition last week urged Mr Tilley to reveal the truth about the Victoria Police saga that saw him lose his senior parliamentary role.
“It’s quite clear that Bill Tilley knows more than he is letting on, that Tristan Weston knows more than he is letting on and if they know more, they ought to come clean and tell Victorians what they know,” opposition scrutiny-of-government spokesman Martin Pakula said.