- Labor has won at least 49 seats – enough to govern in its own right.
- Premier Daniel Andrews says the results show “hope always defeats hate”.
- He vowed to deliver a “positive plan” of free kinder, more hospitals and expanded free TAFE courses.
He was greeted with hugs from his mother and sister — as well as chants of “four more years” from the adoring party faithful — after Labor secured a majority in the state’s lower house.
Eleven seats remained too close to call on Sunday morning, although Labor was predicted to win or was ahead in seven of the electorates.
A government for every Victorian
Earlier, he told supporters the Victorian election was a resounding vote for a strong, stable majority Labor government.
Mr Andrews reflected on an incredibly challenging few years for his state, marked by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Labor party supporters cheer after the ABC projected a Labour party win on 26 November 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. Source: Getty / Asanka Ratnayake
He commended Victorians for sticking together through the one-in-100-year event and getting vaccinated.
“That sense of kindness, that sense of connection, that sense of that we are all in this together has been confirmed today as well. Friends, hope always defeats hate.”
Voters at St Anthony’s Catholic Church voting centre in Melbourne are among two million who cast their ballots on election day. Source: AAP / James Ross
Matthew Guy is standing down as leader of the Victorian Liberals after leading the coalition to a second election defeat in a row.
Mr Guy resigned as opposition leader after the coalition suffered an election thumping in 2018 before returning to the post in September 2021.
Victorian Opposition Leader Matthew Guy at the Liberal Party reception in Melbourne on Saturday, 26 November 2022. Source: AAP / JOEL CARRETT
Labor will govern Victoria for the next four years, with Mr Andrews vowing to deliver a “positive plan” for free kinder, more free TAFE courses and the reinstatement of the State Electricity Commission.
“What a great win,” he wrote, accompanying a photo of himself and Mr Andrews at a barbecue.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also tweeted her congratulations on the “great win”.
“I certainly wasn’t expecting them to call it this early in the night; I’m very happy,” Mr Groth said.
Greens leader Adam Bandt says the party in Victoria is “on track for our best-ever result at a state election”.
If he remains leader until Easter, he’ll become the longest-serving Labor premier in Victoria’s history, taking the mantle from John Cain Jr.