Smallest parties will
Ultimately, victory may hinge on little-known candidates’ preference deals
YOUR vote counts at the upcoming state election. That’s the message from political experts who say inter-party preference deals are likely to be a decisive factor at the November 24 poll.
As “strange bedfellows” go to work to formulate deals, those in the know say micro parties, particularly in the Upper House, could be catapulted to power.
While the major parties jostle for a majority in the 88seat Lower House, urban sprawl, transport, congestion, education and health are shaping as key election battlegrounds.
Labor has a one-seat majority in the Lower House (45 seats) including Geelong, Bellarine and Lara, the Coalition needs to win eight seats to form government.
Liberal Andrew Katos faces Labor’s Darren Cheeseman and the Greens’ Marian Smedley in South Barwon, the marginal electorate is predicted to be a key battleground for the Coalition.
Political experts predict the election will be a tight contest in which preference deals will determine success, and support for minor parties will grow.