The Victorian Liberals caused their own catastrophe, by Terry Barnes.
Andrews succeeded so massively because he and Labor marketed a positive vision for Victoria and Victorians, with policies to match. They framed this vision around macro capital works, but also around targeted micro giveaways, like solar fitout subsidies, aimed squarely at households and strains on household budgets in a low wage growth environment. They gambled voters would look at these achievements and plans rather than their vulnerable and sleazy underbelly, and their gamble paid off handsomely. …
[The conservatives] must confront the fact that so many mainstream, conservative-leaning Victorians have lost faith in the party of Menzies, and many grassroots Liberal members have lost faith in their own leadership.