With just nine days to go, there's finally a sense that the public is starting to take some interest in the Victorian state election. A very respectable crowd showed up at Melbourne University on Monday night to hear the campaign discussed by six distinguished panelists -- four journalists and two political operators.

Being mostly media people, it's not surprising that a lot of their discussion focused on the media. For example, Ian Hanke, a prominent consultant in the Liberal camp, drew attention to the fact that voters are increasingly getting their information from places like social media, where politicians can address them directly, and less from traditional media.