Daniel Andrews has been returned for a third term as Victorian Premier despite a swing against Labor at the state election.
By 8.30 pm on Saturday night, it was clear that there was no way to win for the opposition, which needed to win an additional 18 seats to form the government.
However, it is unclear whether Andrews can retain control of a majority government or govern in a minority.
The Greens looked set to pick up at least two seats – Richmond and Northcote – after the party was placed above Labor on the Liberal how-to-vote card. The Greens also looked competitive in Albert Park, Footscray and Preston, after recording their best-ever result in the recent federal election.
The so-called Teal independents were also competitive in Mornington and Hawthorn.
State-wide, the Labor vote had declined to 6.9% with 20% of the votes counted, although the Liberal Party vote was also down by 2.3%. The Greens, independents and smaller parties were the big winners.
One of the few gains the Liberal Party had in Melbourne’s south-east was the seat of Nepean, where former tennis professional Sam Groth was on course to win.
more to come.