It was a launch that set Liberal hearts soaring. There were moments of depoliticised family drama, numeracy-challenged Planning Minister Matthew Guy declared Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews didn't like these four words: "the desal plant" (yep, that was three), and more than anything it set aside an endless tide of bad polling news and offered Victorians a positive Liberal vision of the future.
Libs boost their flagging spirits (and Big Ted gets a look-in) at campaign launch
Bad polls? What bad polls? The Liberals are ebullient in Ballarat -- but Palmer hopes to throw a spanner in the works. Victorian election correspondent Dan Moss reports.