Why the Liberals are desperate to win back Chinese-Australians
At the federal election in May, Chinese-Australian voters turned against the Coalition. The state opposition has been pulling out all the stops to get them back.
- by Emma Ding and Annika Smethurst
As it happened: VEC figures reveal one in three votes already cast as campaign enters final days
More than 1.56 million Victorians have already voted, Labor is targeting women in the final days of the campaign and Matthew Guy is in northeast Victoria today where a sitting Liberal is under threat from an independent challenger.
- by Broede Carmody
Libs to partially privatise the sewerage system and drain the Future Fund
Both Labor and the Coalition would raid Victoria’s rainy-day fund to scrape together a budget surplus in the next term of government.
- by Rachel Eddie and Josh Gordon
Labor and teals target Liberals in marginal seats in campaign’s final days
Teal independents running in three marginal seats have released polling commissioned by Climate 200 pointing to major concern among voters in the electorates about the logging of native forests.
- by Clay Lucas
Clock is ticking to get Victoria ready for Commonwealth Games
Initiatives such as double-laned roads in the Yarra Valley to help traffic flow will boost tourism and make Victoria a viable and popular destination.
- by Paul Strickland
Faith no more: Fewer Christians, but religion still haunts politics
Politics and religion have long been awkward partners in a secular state. The coming Victorian election is proving that falling numbers of Christians doesn’t mean political leaders are getting a break.
- by Tony Wright
‘Uninspired’: Focus group polling shows young voters are switched off
Focus-group polling in the battleground seat of Richmond shows many young voters are “uninspired” about Saturday’s election, and not engaged in any real sense with the major parties’ policies.
- by Bianca Hall
Battle of Hastings: Strictly Ballroom star and ex-staffer fight for state’s most marginal seat
In the ultra-marginal seat of Hastings, Labor’s star candidate, Paul Mercurio, is fighting for a notional nine votes with a former Greg Hunt staffer who has publicly defended Renee Heath.
- by Benjamin Preiss
Rollercoaster election campaign has highlighted importance of integrity
Over the course of the campaign there have been donation scandals, a court injunction, questions about cash for political allies and accusations of political interference.
- by Josh Gordon and Paul Sakkal
Court orders Darebin council to stop removing Labor MP’s billboards in Northcote
Labor MP Kat Theophanous claims the removal of her promotional material was politically motivated and driven by the Greens, while her father, former Labor minister Theo Theophanous, was filmed arguing with Liberal volunteers.
- by David Estcourt and Rachel Eddie
Only one side of politics is pledging to improve state’s political integrity
Voters have a clear desire for greater accountability in politics, but Labor appears to have missed the message.
- The Age's View