Articles on Victoria elections 2018

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Outgoing Victorian opposition leader Matthew Guy and wife Renae as Guy acknowledges defeat in the recent Victorian state election in which he had tried to appeal to voters’ fears over street crime, race and terrorism. David Crosling/AAP

Law and order is no get-out-of-jail card for floundering politicians

At one time, law and order was seen by some as a sure-fire voter winner in elections - but that's changing after a concerted effort by Victoria's opposition appeared to backfire badly.
Ryan declined to name names, but his reference to the media was. directed at commentators on Sky in the evening and the Sydney shock jocks. Mick Tskias/AAP

Senate president Scott Ryan launches grenade against the right

In a critique of federal influences in the rout of the Victorian Liberals, Ryan, a former vice-president of the state division, pointed to swings in seats “that are the cradle of the Liberal party”.
ALP supporters celebrate as early counting shows the Andrews’ government being reelected with an increased majority. AAP/Julian Smith

Labor has landslide win in Victoria

With counting still underway, the projected primary votes are 44.1% Labor (up 6.0% since the 2014 election), 34.8% Coalition (down 7.2%) and 10.4% Greens (down 1.1%).
Transport promises stretching as far as the eye can see: Victorian Labor’s big one is a $A50 billion suburban rail loop. Penny Stephens/AAP

How much will voters pay for an early Christmas? Eight charts that explain Victoria’s transport election

Whichever party wins, Victoria's new government will have promised the biggest transport infrastructure project in Australian history. So what are the promises and are they backed by proper assessment?
Scandals have dominated the recent headlines, but healthcare, education and public transport have been at the core of the policy debates. Wes Mountain/The Conversation

Victoria election: the scandals, sloganeering and key issues to watch

With just days to go before the election, Labor is making a last-minute appeal to voters to stay in power, while the Liberals are pressing for change.
At the Victorian Liberal Party election campaign launch, Opposition leader Matthew Guy said Labor had presided over a law and order crisis. AAP Image/James Ross

FactCheck: does Victoria have Australia’s highest rate of crime?

Victorian Opposition leader Matthew Guy said under Premier Daniel Andrews, 'Victoria has won the unenviable title as the state with the country’s highest rate of crime'. Is that right?
Despite numerous inquiries and hundreds of recommendations in mental health over the years, little has changed. from www.shutterstock.com

If we’re to have another inquiry into mental health, it should look at why the others have been ignored

The key challenge in mental health is finding the political will and the financial and community resources to do what has already been described in thousands of pages and hundreds of recommendations.
Another election, another infrastructure promise – in the Andrews government’s case, a $50 billion suburban rail loop. Penny Stephens/AAP

Infrastructure splurge ignores smarter ways to keep growing cities moving

In the election bidding wars, parties commit billions to transport projects, often before all the work needed to justify these has been done. More cost-effective alternatives hardly get a look-in.

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