Labor leader, Daniel Andrews, has held his seat and taken the office of Premier after the party’s convincing win in yesterday’s election.
‘The people of Victoria have given us the greatest of gifts,’ Mr Andrews told Labor faithful as he claimed victory shortly after 10pm last night. ‘We will not let them down.’
With two-thirds of the vote counted, Mr Andrews has gained a 2.4 per cent swing towards Labor in the seat of Mulgrave, doubling his notional hold on the electorate.
Despite concerted campaigning, Liberal candidate and local councillor for Mulgrave, Robert Davies, attracted only 41 per cent of the primary vote, a 2.4 per cent swing against the Liberal party.
The Greens attracted approximately 7 per cent of the vote, ahead of Family First (2.4 per cent) and Rise Up Australia (1.5 per cent).
Greens candidate, Josh Fergeus, says he is feeling ‘pretty good’ despite early figures indicating a slight swing against the Greens in Mulgrave.
‘I think we’ll have essentially have retained our vote from the last election, which, given the redistribution and the addition of a few more conservative areas, is a pretty good result,’ Mr Fergeus said.
According to Mr Fergeus, the Greens’ historic win in Melbourne, as well as promising figures in the upper house, show the party has cut through with voters.
‘We’ve well and truly broken through now,’ Mr Fergeus told UniPollWatch.
‘We are in contention in a few contests in the Legislative Assembly and I think we’ve achieved our goal of putting Nina Springle right in there with a chance … in the Legislative Council.’
Mr Davies was contacted for comment but did not return calls from UniPollWatch
Matilda Marozzi is a graduating journalism student from RMIT University