Elizabeth Miller for Bentleigh. Energy, Trust, Commitment, and Snoopy.
I certainly didn’t expect Bentleigh to go marginal in such a spectacular way. Apparently counting will resume at 4pm, and the result here may well determine the election.
Earlier I spotted a journo and a photographer knocking on Rob Hudson’s door — without success. They then went for a stroll up the street, and were seen photographing (and I assume interviewing) a local shopkeeper.
Interesting times, indeed.
So if we’re now ultra-marginal, when does the pork-barrelling begin? :-)
Update 7pm: The VEC provisional result is the Liberals win the seat. Two-party preferred vote is Libs 15667, Labor 15244.
My assumption is that Rob Hudson lost due to statewide issues, and because of the poor performance of the Frankston line. No other local issues stand out for me, and in fact Labor has been funding school upgrades and the new swim centre. Crime, education, traffic and hospitals aren’t (to my mind) a major concern.