Last year's state election loss came as a major surprise to the Victorian ALP (and to most commentators), so there should be plenty to say in a review of what went wrong
The by-election to replace former Victorian Premier John Brumby has been set for February 19. Labor's state administrative committee will meet next week, presumably to smooth the path for property developer (and brother of Eddie) Frank McGuire, writes William Bowe.
When outgoing Victorian ALP state secretary Nick Reece took to the podium at the Melbourne Press Club yesterday to explain his campaign failure, but didn't actually admit to any mistakes, the ripples of discontent could be heard across the party's disillusioned and dwindling membership.
There is a romance about tally rooms, left over from the days of the old wooden tally board and a room buzzing with action. But these days the National Tally Room is just a backdrop for television networks, admits ABC's election analyst Antony Green.
This talk of a "sweep against Labor" is ridiculous, says Ian McAuley. Victorian Labor didn't lose the recent election because of a failed media campaign or awkward election strategies. It lost because of years of flawed policies.
Crikey media wrap: It's the first day on the job for new Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu and the first day for a new Victorian government after 11 years of an ALP government. What lies ahead for the Big Ted?
There was no bigger symbol of John Brumby's imminent demise than the scene outside Melbourne's Treasury Place this morning as hundreds of soon-to-be-sacked staffers huddled nervously as their boss' private office was raided by anti-terrorism commandos. Andrew Crook reports on the day after the night before.
Rather than let the rot set in as it did in NSW and Queensland, Victorian voters have opted for a continuation of the same sort of government under new leadership.