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Victorian Liberals face identity crisis as the working class turns blue

As ideology replaces class, the Liberal Party needs to figure out exactly just what it believes in.

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It’s battle of the Victorian conservatives in big-spending Euroa

The coalition deal is off in the rural Victorian seat of Euroa, with a Lib taking on former Baillieu staffer and Nationals candidate Stephanie Ryan. Crikey Victorian election correspondent Dan Moss reports.

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Mayne: how Melbourne and Sydney do planning differently

Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy is indeed the most transparent in the state’s history. And he also has a distinct fondness for skyscrapers.

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SALLY WHYTE | VIC | 2

They built this party on rock’n'roll

Gotye’s party may not get the numbers for the Victorian election, but they say this won’t be the last we hear from them.

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MPs’ corflutes are everywhere, but don’t mention the L-word

Who are these nice-looking people on a baby blue background? Crikey election correspondent Dan Moss finds the word “Liberal” is not exactly being shouted from the rooftops …

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Essential: Labor on track in Victoria — and Palmer collapsing in Qld

Labor remains in the lead in Victoria, polling from Essential Research shows, and Clive Palmer’s party has faded badly in Queensland.

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State 7.30 shows under threat, but still more popular than Leigh Sales

The loss of the local editions of 7.30, which used to be called Stateline, have prompted a fierce reaction, and a look at the ratings helps reveal why.

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Mayne: Labor victory would give CFMEU keys to Melbourne’s planning kingdom

The sky’s the limit as far as the control Victoria’s Planning Minister has over new tower approvals. And if Labor wins government in November, that control will go to a member of the construction union.

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Victoria’s Nationals the mouse that roared

The Nationals’ position in Victoria is very different to that in other states, as the party polls at only 3% or 4%. Will the party keep its kingmaker status this state election?

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Three-way manjam in the fight for Prahran

Liberal backbencher Clem Newton-Brown is well-liked and seen as effective in the seat of Prahran. So why do Labor and the Greens think they can take it from him? Crikey Victorian election correspondent Dan Moss reports.

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Victorian fringe candidates fight for their right to micro-paaaaaaarty

The 2013 federal election had some very strange results, with micro-parties benefiting from byzantine preference deals. Crikey’s Victorian election reporter Dan Moss asks: is Victoria in for motoring enthusiasts and smart meter haters?

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Movin’ to the country: Napthine’s rural strategy

Most pundits and pollies discount rural seats, but country Victoria could be the crucial difference Denis Napthine’s Coalition government needs to retain power.

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JASON WHITTAKER | VIC | 2

The Victorian government’s major failure (it has nothing to do with porn)

The Victorian bureaucracy lacks accountability, fails to communicate and consistently ignores recommendations to improve. And it gets away with it because nobody is listening.

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Why the Greens are eating the ALP’s lunch: a tale of two trivia nights

Labor is relying on direct mail-outs and TV spots, but the Greens’ grassroots approach could give the minor party a swag of inner-Melbourne seats.

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The crucial six inches that could unclog Victoria’s roads

There are grand plans, but the rail freight network needs investment and a clear commitment to a single rail gauge now, writes freelance journalist Max Berry.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | VIC | 5

Mayne explains City of Melbourne’s $76m property splash

A recent land purchase has Melbourne City Council excited about the prospect of rejuvenating Queen Vic Market’s landscape.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | VIC | 5

Mayne: Transurban out-plays Victorian governments of all stripes

City Link has been one of the worst deals any government anywhere has ever negotiated on behalf of its motorists.

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Hird doubles down on ASADA ruling

James Hird’s attempt to expedite his appeal to the Federal Court on the grounds that “illegal” evidence could further damage his reputation has achieved limited success, as freelance writer David Ward explains.

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Why Fairfax vastly overestimates micro-parties’ chances in Victoria

Pundits are hyping the chances of micro-parties gaining seats in Victoria’s upper house at November’s election. Don’t listen to them.

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The hidden justification for East West Link that no one will talk about

The Victorian government’s commitment to East West Link owes as much to the location of its proposed new port as it does to congestion on Melbourne’s roads, writes freelance journalist Max Berry.

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Memo to Daniel Andrews: voters care about transport after all

Ahead of the Victorian state election, Labor is spruiking some worthwhile policies on public transport. But does anyone believe Andrews will deliver?

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Don’t write off the Napthine government just yet

Yes, things are looking dire for Denis Napthine’s Coalition government in Victoria. But there are a few things that could give it hope.

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BERNARD KEANE | VIC |

Napthine faces voters with a struggling economy

The Napthine government will go to the polls with the worst-performing major state economy.

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Labor could kill East West Link without paying a cent

The current Liberal state government has said it will enter into a contract for the East West Link before the state election. Could Labor break that contract without paying compensation? Dr Nick Seddon adjunct professor of law at ANU, explains.

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Rundle: Victoria’s shameful sex abuse witch-hunt

If former Matthew Guy staffer Marc Boxer is guilty of assaulting a minor — and he has never been charged by any court — does that mean he should never work again?

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