THE Brumby Government is expecting a major backlash against it when Victorian voters go to the polls in November, a Brumby minister says.
Sports Minister James Merlino said election results in South Australia and Tasmania – in which Labor’s strangleholds on power were dismantled by voters – signaled that it would be a “tight and tough” election in Victoria.
“I think the election results in South Australia and Tasmania have shown us exactly what we expect to see later in the year,” Mr Merlino said.
“Elections are tight and tough. Our expectation here in Victoria is that the election will be tight and tough. We have got a very proud record in government but we take nothing for granted and we will be working every day in the lead up to the poll.”
Mr Merlino said the government was still confident it could deliver another Labor government, because the Opposition was a “policy free zone”.
And he said local issues were what drove most people in the polls.
“I think if you analyse both South Australia and Tasmania, there are clear local issues that people vote on,” he said.
“The main lesson for all of us is that elections are tight and tough.”
But Victoria’s Opposition leader Ted Baillieu said government spin over substance and a loss of trust were issues interstate that were transferrable to Victoria.
He said Victorians could make their voice heard about those issues in November… (Read More..)