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Victoria election 2014: live coverage and results


Angus Holland 7:08 PM   Welcome to our live coverage of the 2014 Victoria state election.

Victoria decides 2014: state election night results

Staff reporters 6:56 PM   Victoria is set for a nail-biting vote count with election day polls suggesting Labor is narrowly ahead.

Andrews ready to rock

Farrah Tomazin 7:00 PM   A few years ago, the idea of a Victorian government being ousted from office after only one term seemed entirely fanciful. And a few years ago, the thought that Daniel Andrews could re-write the rule book seemed equally so.

Smells like democracy - and a sausage

A Twitter user shows off her purchase from a sausage sizzle at a polling booth.

Melissa Singer 6:30 PM   Social media was abuzz as Victorian voters made their political feelings known on Saturday. 

Sandbelt battleground feels the heat on election day

Cryptic: Geoff Shaw at the Mahogany Rise Primary School polling booth in Frankston North.

Clay Lucas, Henrietta Cook, Adam Cooper 6:11 PM   Election day, says maverick Frankston MP Geoff Shaw, is like the Grand Final.

The Premier rises in the west

Tony Wright 6:03 PM   Premier Denis Napthine began the day that would decide his government's future about as far west from Melbourne as he could be: the city of Portland, where he lived for years when he was a country vet.

They said what? Quotes from Victorian election

More work: Denis Napthine's lead as preferred premier has narrowed.

Alana Schetzer 5:32 PM   "It's going to be a close election but that's what democracy is about. And we'll all accept the will of the people."

Pre-poll voting may delay results for regional seats

Darren Gray, Steve Lillebuen 5:30 PM   Regional Victorians have voted before polling day in massive numbers, a trend which could mean that the results in tight regional seats may not be known until during the week.

Early votes set new record

Voters lodge early votes.

Jason Dowling 5:11 PM   Voters have set a new record for early voting in Victoria with postal and pre-poll votes surging past 1 million.

From the desert to the sandbelt

Labor leader Daniel Andrews votes at Albany Rise Primary School, Mulgrave, with his wife Cath.

Shane Green 5:03 PM   The road to Yaapeet Primary at the edge of the Big Desert is usually an empty place. But on election day in Victoria, the strip of bitumen in the Wimmera town was buzzing with something approaching traffic.

Police impersonator pulls over woman, demands personal details


Benjamin Millar 3:56 PM   Police are hunting for an impersonator who demanded personal details from a young woman driver north-west of Melbourne.

Greens battle Labor in inner city

Greens candidate Ellen Sandell and Liberal candidate Jennifer Kanis at Kensington Primary School.

Tom Cowie 3:55 PM   As the major parties battled it out in a handful of marginal seats around the state, it was a different fight for power across Melbourne's inner north.

Geoff Shaw's last stand in Frankston

Henrietta Cook 3:52 PM   Geoff Shaw hasn't give up the fight yet.

Victorian state election 2014: Greens leave preferences blank in key seats, angering Labor

PHOTO by Meredith O'Shea  greens launch THE SUNDAY AGE, 15th November 2014

Richard Willingham 1:46 PM   The Greens are running open tickets in key marginal seats, angering Labor who have accused the Greens of helping the Napthine government.

Victorian state election 2014: Leaders hit polling day early, for the long march home

Premier Denis Napthine greets a voter at Drill Hall voting booth in Portland.

Staff reporters 1:18 PM   Premier Denis Napthine has started election day with underdog status in the far-west of the state, in Portland, from where he will make a 350-kilometre trek before polls close at 6pm.

Ballots and balls: the doodle scrutineers most often find

Creative voting: Many voters who decline to state their political preference doodle on the ballot papers.

Chris Vedelago 10:47 AM   Those who don't want to express their political choices often doodle on ballot papers.

How a man called Shaw shirt-fronted the 57th Parliament

Embroiled in controversy: Victorian Independent MP Geoff Shaw.

Henrietta Cook 10:22 AM   Geoff Shaw's days as an MP look almost certain to end.

Campaign moments to treasure forever

Clive Palmer announces Palmer United Party candidates for the Victorian election.

Tom Cowie 10:13 AM   More than once, it was awkward.

Two men charged with murder over Beaumaris body find

Police at the scene in Beaumaris in November 11 this year.

Anna Whitelaw 8:32 AM   Two men have been charged with murder over the death of the man whose body was found in bushes at a Beaumaris beach in November.

Motorcyclist dies, another critical after separate crashes

Ambulance service

Anna Whitelaw 7:53 AM   The death of a motorcyclist this morning in Toorak caps off a horrific week on Victoria’s roads.

Two men charged with murder of man found near Ricketts Point beach

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Beau Donelly 12:13 AM   Two people have been charged with the murder of a man whose body was found near a beach track in Melbourne's south-east.

Five seats to watch on election night

Emblematic: Frankston sets the narrative for the Coalition's four years in office.

Jason Dowling 10:11 PM   Frankston, Bentleigh Carrum, Yan Yean, Buninyong.

Highway crash claims man's life

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Beau Donelly 9:55 PM   A man is dead and a woman is fighting for life after a head-on collision between a car and a truck in East Gippsland.

Grim stats put Swanston Street on map for cycle safety

Road block.

Vanessa Desloires and Greta Walters 9:44 PM   The City of Melbourne council area is over-represented in serious accidents involving cyclists.

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Victorian State Election: Big guns in town for final run, but not Abbott

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop in Question Time on Thursday.

Richard Willingham 8:53 PM   Past, present and aspiring premiers were joined by some of the big guns of Australian politics on the final day of the Victorian election, but not one of them was Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Liberals' election-eve union thuggery claims fall flat

Daniel Andrews has threatened to sack the Ambulance Victoria board.

Patrick Hatch and Beau Donelly 8:45 PM   An election-eve Liberal party point-scoring attempt may have backfired, with claims that police were called to pre-polling stations over union "thuggery" seemingly fabricated. 

New coalmine fire in Latrobe reignites safety fears


Rania Spooner   A fresh coalmine fire in the Latrobe Valley has reignited concerns about the state's fire preparedness nearly a year after the Hazelwood mine fire covered Morwell in hazardous smoke.

Victorian election: your guide to election day

Opposition leader Daniel Andrews and Premier Denis Napthine.

Greta Walters, Sian Johnson and Hannah Francis   All the information you need to cast your vote.

Salinity levels continue to cause concern for Gippsland Lakes

Gippsland Lakes.

Alana Schetzer   A lack of monitoring of salinity levels in the world-renowned Gippsland Lakes could put the wetlands at further risk, with a recent government report acknowledging it did not know the long-term risks the problem presents.

State election campaign likely to come down to the wire

Illustration: Joe Benke

Josh Gordon   Labor looks to be heading for a narrow win in a knife-edge state election likely to come down to just a handful of seats.

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The secret report Napthine won't let you see

Much work went into the preparation of a state-based reform agenda, so why has it never been released?

Victorian jobs: Hockey will have the last say

Denis Napthine's employment boast is actually an admission of failure.

State election: grubby campaign, tight result

Fifty-one days out from polling day, the battle for power is set to get nasty.