Counting continues in the Victorian state election, with two upper house seats still very much undecided. But unlike many other democracies, where changeover periods run to weeks or even months, our politicians don't let things such as that stop them from getting down to business.

Hence Ted Baillieu's cabinet held its first meeting on Monday, and confirmed that the new parliament will be summoned to meet before Christmas, albeit only for one day. Also on Monday, Labor's new leader, Daniel Andrews, announced the make-up of his shadow ministry.