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ALP Plunges 14% in Primary Vote

It's still Sauce,

Our good friend Jim001 has been looking into the Lyndhurst results and brought this AAP piece from the Daily Telegraph to my attention.

The key here is that there was a 14% swing away from Labor and there was no Liberal candidate for the election.

This leave the Victorian Parliment with as close to a hung parliment as you can get.

The Government must now rely on the  former Liberal MP who is now a cross bencher and under police investigation for misconduct in public office - Mr P. Slipp Mr Geoff Shaw.


Lyndhurst warning for Vic Labor: expert

  • By Melissa Jenkins and Melissa Iaria 
  • AAP 
  • April 28, 2013 5:38PM
Labour Party candidate Martin Pakula

Labor's Martin Pakula has claimed victory in Victoria's Lyndhurst by-election. Source: AAP

THE slump in Labor's primary vote at the Lyndhurst by-election may be a warning the party faces a tougher road than expected to the Victorian poll.

Labor's Martin Pakula claimed victory in the south-east suburban seat on Saturday with about 41 per cent of the primary vote - 14 percentage points weaker than at the 2010 state election.

The coalition did not run a candidate in Lyndhurst, which is classic Labor territory with a strong manufacturing base and high percentage of ethnically diverse voters.

Monash University political scientist Nick Economou says it can be difficult to draw broader conclusions from by-elections but the dive in the primary vote is a worry for the party.

"The message coming from Lyndhurst isn't that good," he told AAP.

"It's a warning to the opposition ... there are some in Labor who think they can win the next state election.

"I don't think it's going to be that easy."

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