District members hold onto seats
Labor will govern Victoria for the next four years after an emphatic win in Saturday’s state election.
While vote counting is yet to be finalised, as of Monday the incumbent Labor Government looked likely to win 55 seats compared to 22 for the Liberals and six for the Nationals.
Independent Suzanna Sheed is expected to hold on to the seat of Shepparton, with a 3.5 per cent swing in her favour.
Despite being unlikely to overtake Ms Sheed, Shepparton’s Liberal candidate Cheryl Hammer was one of the few highlights for her party, polling strongly and bucking the statewide swing against the Liberals.
Nationals incumbents Peter Walsh and Steph Ryan retained their respective seats of Murray Plains and Euroa, as will fellow National Tim McCurdy in Ovens Valley.
In Eildon, Liberal’s Cindy McLeish looks likely to continue, despite her party’s overall form, while Labor’s Jacinta Allen is set for a boost of 6.9 per cent in the seat of Bendigo East.
In the Legislative Council, Mark Gepp (Labor), Wendy Lovell (Liberal) and Jaclyn Symes (Labor) should retain their seats, while the Nationals’ Luke O’Sullivan and the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers’ Daniel Young are likely to lose their positions to Liberal Democrat Tim Quilty and Tania Maree Maxwell, from the Derryn Hinch Justice Party.