Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Labor candidate for the Northcote byelection Clare BurnsĀ 

"I'm tough and I've heard it all before." In the cavernous main bar at "Welcome to Thornbury", a former plant nursery that is now a collocation of bar and food trucks, Greens candidate for Northcote Lidia Thorpe was giving her launch speech last night, and finding it necessary to divert from her main positive message -- the first Aboriginal candidate likely to make it into state parliament -- to address rumours swirling around about her past.