The Bug asked a random selection of people in Melbourne’s Federation Square what had influenced their vote at Saturday’s Victorian state election.
JAKE FREEBIE, 42, mechanic, Heidelberg
Instability in the Liberal Party at the federal level caused by its unrepresentative right- wing conservative elements was uppermost in my mind and I voted Labor.
DORIS WENCH, 63, retired public servant, Port Melbourne
The goings-on of the right-wing conservatives in the Liberal Party in Canberra forced me to abandon them this time around and vote Labor for the first time in my life.
SCOTTY MORRIS, 50, well-paid worker doing well under the Liberals, that suburb near the old Pentridge Jail
The rock-solid stability in the federal Liberal Party and indeed in the Coalition in Canberra wasn’t an issue at all for me.
FRANCIS POPE, 67, Ferntree Gully, chaplain
I didn’t think the Liberal Party deserved my vote this time for all the madness and infighting in Canberra caused by the party’s crazy right-wing.
FREYA DENBERG, 47, housewife, Moonee Ponds
The rock-solid stability in the federal Liberal Party and indeed in the Coalition in Canberra wasn’t an issue at all for me and in fact I think the idea of shifting our embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv probably prevented a bigger rout for the Victorian Liberals.
MELINDA PAUSE, 25, Airport West, student
The Liberal Party in Canberra is controlled by unrepresentative right-wingers and I didn’t want that to happen here in Victoria so I voted for Andy Daniels and Labor.
ANDREW KEVINS, 63, union thug, Carlton
The rock-solid stability in the federal Liberal Party and indeed in the Coalition in Canberra wasn’t an issue at all for me. I voted Labor because as a union thug I want a government and a Premier I can control and to which I can dictate their radical leftist agenda such as compulsory homosexuality, inter-species marriage, loony left ideas to combat non-existent global warming, and tax policies that would see families lose their homes and be thrown on the street where they would be prey to African gangs let into the country by the soft-on-terrorists Labor Party.