You may recall I forecast a comfortable re-election of Clem Newton-Brown in my seat of Prahran. There is no other way to say it than I was ever so wrong. While Clem is still in the running, the Labor candidate will probably win, but the astonishing thing is that the Green's member received a primary vote of over 25% and after preferences is in with a slim chance of being the member for Prahran.
Although the polls did forecast a Labor victory, many people, myself included, were doubtful. I voted Green and directed my preference to Labor. I see Labor as the party who looks after the less fortunate in society, does not lie in bed with with big business and its organisations, does liaise and consult with unions which I strongly believe in and generally spends our money more on improving people's lives. That at times it does so in a very incompetent manner distresses me greatly. Yes, I do believe in capitalism. It seems to be the best system we can have but capitalism must be strongly controlled and history has proved this time and time again. Give big business an inch and it will take a mile. Give it a chance to make an extra dollar and it will take ten.
Ex Premier Napthine was a nice enough bloke, I thought. But perhaps that is a problem for Liberal Party leaders. Not so nice Liberal leaders seem to do better, as did the former Premier Jeff Kennett who inflicted on Victorian citizens rather cruel and unusual punishments. That he caused so much mental stress and upset to people and then goes on to become head of Beyond Blue, an organisation devoted to research into and help with mental illness, is extraordinary and I don't know how his conscience could have allowed him to take such a position.
So, now the east west road tunnel won't be built. People saw right through this waste of billions of dollars and knew it would not solve many people's road congestion issues. If a single matter had to be chosen that brought about the downfall of the Liberal government, that was it. Of concern to me is that it seems that if you want to govern in Victoria, you have to ensure the Frankston railway line, running through several marginal seats, must run like a well oiled machine. This can lead to disasters like Sydney's horrendous Granville train crash with many people killed. The train running from marginal seats had to be on time and should have had lower speed restrictions at one point, but no, the train must run on time so that voters remained happy with the service and did not take any failure out on the politician come election day.
I am really hoping the incoming Labor Party will dump Liberal Party rail tunnel plan and stick with what it has invested a lot of time and money into, a much more useful city building rail tunnel which will help with public transport overcrowding immensely.
The Liberal Party response to their loss is so absurd. We did not sell our message well enough. No, it was what you did or didn't do, and your policies that are the issues.
And now I will wrap up my thoughts with an anecdote, which you may be able to read more into. I know of a top notch regional private school located in a marginal seat. It was not asked for by the school and not particularly welcome as the school principal of the well funded school with first class facilitates had no idea how she was going to spend the money, but the the local Liberal Party member rocked up to the school with a cheque for a couple of hundred thousand dollars. Media was in tow, photos taken and the story appeared in the local newspaper. The Liberal Party just don't seem to get subtly and what might have gone over un-noticed a couple of decades ago, is seen by an increasingly cynical electorate for exactly what it is. Everyone knows these top private schools are well funded and many state schools are in a terrible physical state and terribly under funded.
Now, on with the job Dan Andrews. Is he a bit of a technocrat? May not be a bad thing.