Melbourne: Daniel Andrews has won second terms as Victorian Premier in what has been termed as a landslide victory for Labor party in the state. Opposition leader Matthew Guy conceded defeat and congratulated Andrews.
At the Mulgrave Village Green Hotel on Saturday night, Andrews told a packed audience of supporters and party members that voters have shown that given the government’s ambitious infrastructure agenda their support while at the same time rejecting the low road of fear and division.
Meanhile at the Veneto Club in Bulleen, a dejected Guy said, “I rang the Premier Daniel Andrews and offered my sincere and gracious congratulations to him on what has been a stunning night for him and his party,” he said, adding, “It is fair and the right thing for us to do to acknowledge his success, his party and his team’s success and the strength of their campaign and tonight I do that.”
The Age reported that Labor also looked like it had inflicted serious reverses on the Greens in the inner-city battleground seats bitterly contested between the two parties, with the minor party tipped to hold just two of its three seats.
Liberal frontbenchers David Southwick and the veteran Robert Clark appeared to be among the casualties, possibly losing their seats of Caulfield and Box Hill respectively. Shadow attorney general John Pesutto was locked in a desperate battle to save his seat of Hawthorn, the paper reported.
Yesterday Andrews tweeted, “It was a fun night, I won’t deny that. But it was straight back to work for me this morning. If you’re delivering for all Victorian, you can’t afford to waste a single day.”
Daniel, son of Bob and Jan Andrews, grew up in a small business household in regional Victoria and completed secondary school in Wangaratta, according to the premier’s website.
“He moved to Melbourne in 1990 to attend Monash University. While studying, he drove trucks, sold hotdogs and worked in a bottle shop.
“Daniel joined the Labor Party in 1993. He worked for his local Member of Parliament in the South Eastern suburbs.
“In 2000, he became a campaign director for the Victorian Labor Party and was elected its Assistant State Secretary.
“Daniel entered the Victorian Parliament in 2002 as the Member for Mulgrave, representing families in Melbourne’s South Eastern suburbs.”