They let the sound-system rip early at the Greens Northcote victory party last Saturday night, and it went late.  

By 8pm, at cavernous pine-planky wine bar Vinorium, candidate Lidia Thorpe had spoken, state leader Samantha Ratnam had spoken, and then, from afar, the ABC’s Antony Green had spoken -- and called it for his namesakes, on a 12% swing. It was all over.