If the weight of the nation’s political future -- and a kingmaker role negotiating with three northern independents on banana imports -- was weighing on the freshly-elected Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt, he certainly wasn’t showing it last night. The situation that the union-backed Labor nemesis now finds himself in might be a comedown from the lofty proclamations of environmental salvation, but at the Victoria Hotel, before a nest of screaming acolytes, there was little sign of the burden weighing on his shoulders.

Bandt, who stole a massive 11% swing from Labor candidate Cath Bowtell, declared victory well before the ABC had confirmed the fall of this 106-year-old ALP fiefdom, a wholly appropriate move given the sense of inevitability had been hovering over the city's inner north for weeks.