Slaughter on Batman Avenue: Victoria gets election result three months early – Michael West

Slaughter on Batman Avenue: Victoria gets election result three months early – Michael West

If the Victorian election were a boxing match, the ref would have stopped the fight. Except that the election isn’t until November 26.

The fact that Melburnians suffered one of the world’s longest lockdowns under Covid won’t be enough to stop Premier Daniel Andrews gaining a third term.

Last weekend Andrews basked in the favourable publicity generated by his announcement of free university places for nursing students. As feelgood stories go, this was a ripper. Meanwhile The Weekend Australian proclaimed on its front page: ”The Andrews era to live on”. The paper’s Newspoll gave Labor a lead of 56-44 (two-party preferred) over the Coalition led by Matthew Guy.

The Liberals live in a world of pain caused by an internal scandal that has overshadowed Labor’s own internal scandals. Under Guy they ceded the plumb seat of Hawthorn in 2018, and now another stronghold, Kew, is likely to fall to a Teal independent.

Slaughter on Batman Avenue: Victoria gets election result three months early – Michael West

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