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Andrew Landeryou

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Andrew Landeryou
Born c. 1969 – c. 1970
Occupation Blogger, businessman
Genre Politics

Andrew John Clyde Landeryou (born c. 1969 – c. 1970)[1] is an Australian political blogger[2] and online business consultant.[3] He edits the blogs "The Other Cheek" and VEXNEWS, which he began in July 2007 and August 2008 respectively.[3][4][5]


Landeryou is the son of Bill Landeryou,[4] a former Leader of the Opposition and then the Government in the Victorian Legislative Council and a minister in the Australian Labor Party Victorian state government of John Cain. Andrew Landeryou has been active in the past in the Labor Party, and particularly the Labor Right faction.[6] He was elected as President of Melbourne University Student Union, taking office in January 1991.[7] A referendum of union members removed him after five months when he proposed commercialising the union's services.[1][8] He then became managing director of IQ Corporation, a sports statistics company, which was invested in by Solomon Lew until it went into liquidation in 2003.[9][10][11] He was also a co-owner of Marbain, a company with a contract with MUSU.[12] After he failed to answer a court summons in December 2004, Landeryou spent five months in Costa Rica.[4] In May 2005, he was arrested on his return to Australia and required to attend at a liquidator's examination of the affairs of MUSU.[13][14][15][16] Landeryou was declared bankrupt by the Federal Magistrates Court in May 2006.[17]


In 2005, Landeryou established a weblog commenting on Australian party politics called The Other Cheek – Andrew Landeryou's Blog of Freedom.[18] He also publishes VEXNEWS.[19] Lucy Saunders, a political activist linked to the Socialist Left who had been criticised by Landeryou, wrote on ABC News Online that "The overwhelming majority of what Landeryou prints is vague rumour, personal vendettas and outright fiction. Very occasionally, though, some actual facts sneak through."[20]

He clashed with another political blogger, Stephen Mayne, in 2006 when they accused each other of being spivs.[21]

Landeryou's blog has been archived by the National Library of Australia.[22]


Landeryou launched VEXNEWS in August 2008. Landeryou is helped by pseudonymous contributors.[3] Andrew Bolt from the Herald Sun refers to Landeryou as "always entertaining"[23] and "often compelling,"[24] while The Age newspaper described his site as "dirt-dishing".[3]

VEXNEWS broke a story revealing AFL footballer Brendan Fevola's attack on a Melbourne journalist.[25] Landeryou also broke a story drawing on Liberal party sources when he revealed that the authors of an anti-Ted Baillieu website were employees of Baillieu's own party.[26]

Other front-page stories prompted by Landeryou include a Fairfax story about Australian politicians sanitising their Wikipedia articles[2] and a story about a Christian Family First candidate who had exposed himself in photographs. Landeryou declared him 'Australia's smallest loser', an epithet repeated by MSNBC's Keith Olbermann when he covered the story for US cable news.[27]


  1. ^ a b Wood, Leonie; David Elias (23 April 2005). "The tycoon, the missing husband and the millions". The Age. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Moses, Asher (25 July 2008). "Politicians' Wiki entries altered". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d Jackson, Sally (11 October 2010). "Another online iconoclast emerges". The Australian. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c Caldwell, Alison (4 May 2005). "Landeryou takes aim at enemies with blog". The World Today. ABC Radio National. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  5. ^ Franklin, Roger (15 November 2007). "'Dirty' war of old and new Labor". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  6. ^ Wood, Leonie (4 May 2005). "Landeryou promises to tell it how it is". The Age. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 8 November 2009. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  7. ^ Poynter, John Riddoch; Carolyn Rasmussen (1996). "Officers of the University, 1935–1995". A place apart: the University of Melbourne : decades of challenge. Melbourne University Publishing. ISBN 0-522-84584-3. 
  8. ^ Davidson, Rjurik; Jolyon Campbell (1 May 1991). "'Labor Inc' alleged at Melbourne Uni". Green Left Online. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  9. ^ "IQ records vanish: was it more than a dot-bomb?". The Age. Fairfax. 14 August 2004. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  10. ^ Wood, Leonie (28 August 2004). "Battle over IQ's liquidation no longer in public view". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  11. ^ Wood, Leonie (22 March 2005). "Lew does battle with Landeryou clan". The Age. Fairfax. Archived from the original on 22 January 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  12. ^ Wood, Leonie (5 May 2005). "Landeryou disappeared 'on business'". The Age. Fairfax. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  13. ^ Wood, Leonie (30 April 2005). "Landeryou returns and opts to stay in custody". The Age. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  14. ^ Caldwell, Alison (5 May 2005). "Landeryou appears in court". ABC News. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  15. ^ "Melbourne University Student Union Inc (in liq) v Ray [2006] VSC 205 (14 June 2006)". Supreme Court of Victoria Decisions. Australasian Legal Information Institute. 14 June 2006. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  16. ^ Elias, David; Leonie Wood (26 May 2005). "Landeryou threatened me, says liquidator". The Age. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  17. ^ "Businessman Landeryou declared bankrupt". ABC News Online. 23 May 2006. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  18. ^ Bruns, Axel; Wilson, Jason; Saunders, Barry; Kirchhoff, Lars; Nicolai, Thomas (October 2008). "Australia's Political Blogosphere in the Aftermath of 2007 Federal Election" (PDF). Internet Research 9.0 conference (Copenhagen: Association of Internet Researchers). 
  19. ^ Windisch, Margarita (4 July 2009). "Reds under the bed, rats in the sewer". Green Left Weekly. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  20. ^ Saunders, Lucy (23 April 2008). "The end of the free internet?". The Drum Unleashed (ABC News). Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  21. ^ Powell, Sian (29 September 2006). "Bloggers brawl for votes". The Australian. News Limited. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  22. ^ Pandora Archive – Preserving and Accessing Networked DOcumentary Resources of Australia
  23. ^ Bolt, Andrew (5 November 2009). "The court of Hulls' opinion". Herald Sun Andrew Bolt blog. News Limited. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  24. ^ Bolt, Andrew (12 May 2007). "Age not so White now". Herald Sun Andrew Bolt blog. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  25. ^ "Fevola 'harassed reporter at Brownlow'". Ninemsn. 9 October 2009. Archived from the original on 16 January 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  26. ^ Campbell, James (11 May 2008). "Traitors sacked over Baillieu mud". Sunday Herald Sun. News Limited. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  27. ^ Andrew Quah International Media Mega Star Appears on MSNBC – YouTube

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