Crikey readers discuss the Victorian upper house results and pork barrelling in Nationals electorates.
Albert Park MP Martin Foley has made a forceful intervention in the Victorian Parliament's debate over Twitter use in the chamber, calling on MPs to take "the high road of creative engagement and prevent low road of grubby censorship".
Victorian deputy opposition leader Rob Hulls has defied his own faction in its search for a deputy chief of staff to Daniel Andrews, slapping down Labor Unity's first pick for the prized gig and forcing a drawn-out interview process.
An exclusive $500-a-head fundraiser for failed Victorian Labor MP Nathan Murphy could end up in the courts after a borrowed apartment used for the shindig was trashed, male and female underwear was dumped on the floor and a $700 coat went missing from the premises.
This morning's backing by CFMEU overlord Bill Oliver of a Supreme Court challenge to block the ALP National Executive's parachuting of Frank McGuire into John Brumby's seat of Broadmeadows is almost certain to founder and will instead shine a light on the electorate's notorious history of branch stacking, party insiders say.
Despite some satisfaction in Victorian ALP Left circles, Saturday's result has refocused the right's attention on its divided status, with one peacemaker reporting that the "language change had been extraordinary" and that the state branch was now bracing for a "monumental sh-tfight".
Victorians head to the ballot box this weekend to decide whether to oust Labor or maintain the Brumby government. With five days to go, William Bowe provides a snapshot of recent happenings.
A storm has erupted inside the Victorian ALP on the question of election tactics, after a hamfisted intervention from dumped party secretary Stephen Newnham almost certainly ended Bronwyn Pike's political career.
When the Victorian press pack decides to focus on what did or didn't happen five years ago between consenting adults in an Adelaide golf club car park, you know it's been a quiet weekend in state politics.