LIBS PULL PLUG ON MARGINAL MELBOURNE SEATS
MELBOURNE: The Victorian Liberals won’t contest a marginal inner-Melbourne seat held by Labor, but the Greens pose a threat.
Shortly before yesterday’s deadline for political party candidate nominations, the Liberals confirmed challengers for other key marginal electorates Melbourne, Northcote and Brunswick. The inner-city has traditionally been a Labor stronghold, but in recent years Liberal preferences have helped Labor sideline the Greens who are growing in popularity.
The Liberals are not fielding a candidate in Richmond, denying preferences to the Labor incumbent, Planning Minister Richard Wynne, over his involvement in the government’s 2014 rorting scandal.