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Marcus Bastiaan
Personal details
BornMelbourne, Victoria
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s)Stephanie Bastiaan
ProfessionSoftware designer[1]

Marcus Bastiaan (born 1990)[2]also known as BSB is an Australian political figure. He is a key powerbroker in the Victorian Division of the Liberal Party of Australia. He has been seen by some as a protégé of current Victorian state Liberal president and fellow Liberal powerbroker Michael Kroger.[3][4]

Political activity[edit]

Bastiaan joined the Liberal Party in Victoria in 2010.[5] He stood for the Bayside Council in Melbourne's inner south at the 2012 election alongside running mate Michael Heffernan, a former Liberal Candidate who ran for Higinbotham Province in 2002 but was unsuccessful.[6][7][8] Bastiaan went on to become chair of the Goldstein Federal Electorate Conference one year later, and served for three years until retiring in 2017. During this time, he also served as chair of the Brighton state electorate council, from which he also retired in 2017.[9]

Bastiaan has written in The Spectator about union and lobbyist domination of government, and his view that too many political staffers are preselected to Parliaments across Australia. Bastiaan believes union and lobbyist domination of governments leads to broad-based supporter disenchantment, cronyism, and widespread voter disillusionment[10][11][3]

In 2017, Bastiaan was interviewed by the ABC TV show Four Corners during which he stated "those who don't like a big Liberal Party should go and join another party". Four Corners also reported that the Kroger/Bastiaan group had taken control of the Liberal Victorian administrative committee.[12] He has been accused by some of "branch stacking" in the Victorian Liberal Party and[13] causing instability in the party.[14] Bastiaan is believed to be involved in drawing people from religious backgrounds to the Liberal Party, despite concerns it could harm the Liberals' chances of winning the Victorian state election in 2018.[15] Bastiaan in 2017 received accusations he was plotting for Victorian Liberal Opposition leader Matthew Guy of plotting to lose the state election.


In 2013, BSB challenged Kaye Farrow as Chair of the Goldstein Federal electorate conference. Outrage at the manner in which his challenge was conducted led to Farrow retaining the position, after Bastiaan's election was overturned by then State Director Damien Mantach. Bastiaan went on to be elected to the post one year later, and served for three years until retiring in 2017 and being replaced by Ian Farrow. During this time, he also served as chair of the Brighton state electorate council, which he also retired from in 2017, replaced by Zach Bassanetti.

In April 2018, Bastiaan was elected metropolitan male Vice President of the Liberal Party (Victorian Division) at the Liberal party's annual State Council.[16] By May 2018, the Bastiaan faction was said to be in control of the Victorian Liberal Party.[17]

BSB or Branch stacker Bastiaan is viewed as a potential successor to Michael Kroger as Victorian Liberal Party President.[18]

Bastiaan is Monarchist he supports though a Republic that has a President do six years as a term.

Bastiaan has been accused of being only conservative out of opopportunism, Branch Stacker Bastiaan also wants to replace Bernie Finn who he thinks is a idiot. [[2]]

Some believe Bastiaan wanted to undermine Malcolm Turnbull prior to his ousting a Prime Minister in 2018. Bastiaan once gave a rsvp to a Institute of Public Affairs event hosted by then Social services Minister Scott Morrison but he did not show up.

Morrison went on to replace Turnbull as Prime Minister the best way to refer to the Federal Lib government is Abbott Turnbull Morrison government hence ATM.

Baatiaan once stated the Bentleigh club is more expensive to hold Liberal functions at than the Royal Melbourne gulf club.

Personal life[edit]

Bastiaan married Stephanie Ross in May 2017 at Our Lady of Victories Basilica, Camberwell; the couple have a daughter. Bastiaan graduated from Brighton Grammar during 2008, attending there after moving back to Brighton from Merricks North, where he lived on a farm. Bastiaan attended multiple universities before completing a Bachelor of Film and Television at Swinburne University in 2014.[19] While at university he was supported by his father in starting an antiques business.[20] [21]

Bastiaan is a remember of the Royal Brighton Yacht Club like former Mayor of Brighton John Locco who once got into a fist fight at the Brighton Baths with it's former manager Mark Greene.[[3]]



  1. https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/victorian-liberals-factional-fight-exposes-deep-divisions-20170217-gufg6b.html
  2. McKenzie-Murray, Martin (12 May 2018). "The Victorian right's capture of the Liberal Party".
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Will Michael Kroger sink or save the Victorian Liberal Party?". 29 September 2017.
  4. "Nocookies". The Australian. Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  5. http://abalinx.com/blog/the-lion-marcus-bastiaan
  6. "Candidate list" (PDF). www.bcs.asn.au.
  7. "Candidate list" (PDF). www.bcs.asn.au.
  8. "Bayside City Council election results 2012 - Victorian Electoral Commission". www.vec.vic.gov.au.
  9. "Nepal Fundraising & Breakfast with Minister - Consulate General of Nepal in Victoria". 8 September 2015.
  10. "Author: Marcus Bastiaan - The Spectator Australia". The Spectator Australia.
  11. Willingham, Richard (27 September 2016). "Recruitment drive in churches divides Victorian Liberals". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  12. "Turnbull is at his weakest and the conservatives are circling". 13 November 2017.
  13. "Conservative Liberals hatch plan to thwart dying with dignity laws". 11 July 2017.
  14. Correspondent, Richard Willingham, State Political (13 February 2017). "Liberal preselection candidate lashes out at Matthew Guy over gas policy".
  15. https://www.afr.com/news/politics/liberal-party-prodigy-marcus-bastiaan-plans-to-succeed-michael-kroger-20180628-h11zfd
  16. "Category". Herald Sun. 2017-10-05. Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  17. "Victorian Liberals openly defying PM amid accusations of Mormon branch-stacking". 4 May 2018.
  18. https://www.afr.com/news/politics/liberal-party-prodigy-marcus-bastiaan-plans-to-succeed-michael-kroger-20180628-h11zfd
  19. "Bio" (PDF). rotarybrighton.com.au.
  20. https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/victorian-liberals-factional-fight-exposes-deep-divisions-20170217-gufg6b.html
  21. http://olgc.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/14-May-2017-Fifth-Sunday-of-Easter-Year-A.pdf

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