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Crikey Blogs | VIC |

Why Melbourne Bike Share riders shouldn’t have to wear helmets

The new Victorian government has to decide what to do about the lacklustre performance of Melbourne Bicycle Share. One possible action could be to exempt it from the mandatory helmet law.

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Crikey Blogs | VIC |

What would it take to build a tram network the size of Melbourne’s?

Melbourne is fortunate it inherited the largest tram network in the world, because building something like it today — say in a city such as Sydney — would be extraordinarily expensive and difficult.

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WILLIAM BOWE | VIC |

Poll Bludger: what happens when the ‘wrong’ candidate wins

A complicated loophole in vote-counting legislation has awarded a seat to Labor that should have gone to the Country Alliance in Victoria.

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WILLIAM BOWE | VIC |

Poll Bludger: Andrews faces a daunting challenge in Vic upper house

With the excitement of an election win behind him, incoming Victorian premier Daniel Andrews must get to work on managing the makeup of his parliament.

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VIC |

‘No business case’ for East West Link

The Napthine government’s signature East West Link policy would not have been able to pay for itself. Crikey Victorian politics reporter Dan Moss reports.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | VIC |

Mayne: Packer backed Andrews — now how about a new Crown hotel?

James Packer gave his support to Daniel Andrews during the election campaign, and now it seems it’s time to pay the piper.

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WILLIAM BOWE | VIC |

Poll Bludger: could the Greens be coming for Turnbull?

The Greens’ electoral success in Prahran was due to a number of demographic factors, with the seat an interesting mixture of hip young things and old money. Sounds like a certain federal Sydney seat we know …

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GUY RUNDLE | VIC |

Rundle: if Morrison rolls Abbott, the Greens could end up stronger than ever

The Labor Party seems fresh out of ideas. And the Greens are more than happy to eat Labor’s lunch.

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VIC |

How the Greens (probably) wiggled out of Prahran’s three-way manjam

The Victorian Greens were up against a very popular Liberal incumbent and a strong Labor candidate in the Melbourne seat of Prahran. So how did they squeeze out a win? Victorian politics journalist Dan Moss explains.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | VIC |

Mayne: Andrews’ unsustainable promises could cost Victoria its AAA rating

The Labor Left is very good and making costly promises, but will it be able to keep them without breaking the bank?

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Crikey Blogs | VIC |

Three myths about the East West Link

The East West Link was bad policy, but that’s no excuse for perpetuating bullshit about it.

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VIC |

Labor’s Port of Melbourne lease won’t be smooth sailing

Labor has promised to lease out the Port of Melbourne in order to pay to replace 50 level crossings. But Crikey Victorian politics journalist Dan Moss says the Greens might make that tricky.

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VIC |

The pedant v the blowhard: meet the men vying for what’s left of Victoria’s Libs

Denis Napthine doesn’t want to lead the Victorian Liberals, battered and humiliated, in opposition. But what sort of man would want a job like that? Crikey Victorian election correspondent Dan Moss reports.

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WILLIAM BOWE | VIC |

Poll Bludger: have we reached a Greens zenith?

The Greens have finally won a Victorian lower house seat, but their primary vote has not increased since last election. Is the minor party on its way up, or is this all the support it will be able to manage?

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GUY RUNDLE | VIC |

Rundle: Napthine’s loss the beginning of the end for the Right

Denis Napthine’s government has been comprehensively booted out of Victoria in a historic loss for a one-term government. And Crikey’s writer-at-large says there is more to come.

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Crikey Blogs | VIC |

What will the Andrews government do for public transport?

There are some conspicuous omissions in the costings of Dan Andrews’ election promises. Will the incoming Labor government

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Nats down, Greens up — Victoria’s minors ride the pendulum

The Greens got almost twice the number of votes as the Nationals in the Victorian election — and yet they have at best three seats to the Nats’ seven.

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VIC |

From marijuana to firearms, micro-parties have a big part to play in Victoria

The counting isn’t over yet, but Victoria’s Parliament is in for a big shake-up, writes Crikey Victorian election correspondent Dan Moss.

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WILLIAM BOWE | VIC |

Poll Bludger: shape of Vic’s new Parliament far from clear

While we know enough to say it’s curtains for Napthine’s Liberals, the precise make-up of Victoria’s new government won’t be known until the last ballot is tallied.

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Could the Vic Liberals still swing it?

The betting markets seem convinced that Denis Napthine will wake up on Sunday as opposition leader, but do the numbers really stack up?

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VIC |

From one Dan to another: Andrews, you’ve got an image problem

Freelance writer Dan Wood has made that crucial transition from Daniel to Dan — and he’s got some advice for Victoria’s Labor leader on how to do the same.

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WILLIAM BOWE | VIC |

Poll Bludger: the top five Victorian bellwether seats

Victoria heads to the polls on Saturday, and things look pretty grim for the Liberal party, as they try desperately to hold on to some of these battleground seats.

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SALLY WHYTE | VIC |

Stephen Mayne unveils election promises, set in stone

Crikey founder Stephen Mayne launches our Set In Stone project, urging politicians to keep their promises.

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VIC |

Style guide: image consultants assess Victorian leaders

Crikey Victorian election correspondent Dan Moss asks professional image consultants what to make of “Dan” Andrews and Denis Napthine.

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WILLIAM BOWE | VIC |

Poll Bludger: Vic Libs heading for the rocks as independents snipe

The result of Saturday’s Victorian election is all but known for the Liberals — they are likely to be thrown out. But some independents are throwing a spanner in the works for Labor.

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