For the first time in nearly 60 years, Victoria has chucked out it's gov after just one term in office. Previously such a thing would have been unthinkable.
Tone kept himself largely away from the Victorian Lieberal campaign, but even so he managed to fuck up the one appearance he made down there. The above hug sent shivers down the Lieberals spine, ensuring there was a connection with voters between state and federal gov's. Napthine was doomed.
This then became an election about Abbott and voters clobbered him with it. They made it clear the gov's smug arrogance that it couldn't lose office after just one term was a fiction. Abbott, SSJoe, whining Pine, Asbestos Julie, could all see themselves out on their ears.
"Victorian Liberals say it privately, they're furious about the hug, when Tony Abbott hugged Denis Napthine he earned the enmity of virtually the entire state Liberal party," he said.
On October 31 Mr Abbott was attending a joint press conference with Dr Napthine when the Prime Minister responded to a question about their working relationship by grasping the Premier's shoulders.
"It didn't help Napthine at all ... and it should give Tony Abbott himself a fright because his government has to change otherwise it will be a one-term government. moreTo further illustrate, here is the bludgertrack of the one term Victorian Lieberals:
Compare that to the Abbott gov's first term so far: