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Enlisting a retro cash-register 'ker-ching" and old-school supermarket spruiking, the Liberals target hip-pocket nervousness about Labor pledges and spending.

The ALP digs into concerns over TAFE, ambulances and hospital waiting lists - and capitalises on Liberal squirming over porn sharing en route.

History and Henry Bolte could teach today's political leaders a thing or two about catering for a population boom, argues Nicholas Reece. Image: Flagstaff Station, 1978 (Public Record Office Victoria)

The Australian Education Union launches a new TV advertisement urging Victorians 'to vote for parties and candidates who can articulate a path to a better resourced, properly funded public education system'.

The most sophisticated e-voting technology in the world will be rolled out for some early voters in the coming Victorian election. Vanessa Teague explains how it works.

Powerful solutions to climate change can be found in re-imagining burgeoning cities. Rob Adams explains what Melbourne has done, what it should be doing, and where the state strategy fails. 

There are no quick fixes for reviving the economy and creating jobs. The only certain road to success is the hard slog of reform for productivity growth. By Nicholas Reece.

From Hoddle to Bolte, Hamer to Cain, vision has defined Melbourne's story. Why does the view look so bleak today? Carolyn Whitzman and Chris Ryan explore the challenges for the next State Government.

When big infrastructure projects are scrutinised, prioritised and chosen on merit, future generations won't curse us for the cost, argues John Freebairn. Image: Dandenong Road tram track construction.


There is no part of metropolitan Melbourne where the median price or rent of housing is affordable to the poorest 50 per cent of households. Visionary state policy can overcome this crisis. Carolyn Whitzman explains. 

Because Canberra holds the "pot of money", it calls the tune on big ticket infrastructure spending. It's time metropolitan constituencies like Melbourne gained recognition and power to define their own futures, argues Richard Tomlinson

A 21st century public transport system for Melbourne will require action beyond incremental service improvements or fragmented pieces of infrastructure. Public transport networks, not roads, must define city-shaping agendas, argue John Stone and Jan Scheurer. Image: Fairfax

An IT system for electronic patient health records would improve patient care, strengthen medical research and, ultimately, save public money, writes Stephen Smith. He urges parties to leap from 19th century systems into 21st century medicine.

Psephologist Adrian Beaumont analyses this week's Morgan poll, and explains what it means for Victoria. His verdict? While polling to date has been sparse, Labor is tracking as the clear favourite.

With the Victorian election shaping as a closer contest than many might have anticipated, Nicholas Reece lays out the political landscape and identifies the issues likely to decide the next government.