John Brumby overallm as commented by the Herald Sun and The Age editorials, delivered responsible government, It had been in office for three terms and was seeking a fourth. 11 years is a long time in government.
I have a lot of respect for John Brumby and his commitment to strong fiscal management, I believe his investment in our schools, hospitals and law reform and enforcement were exemplary when compared to past governments.
Labor ran a very centralised campaign where decisions of campaigning were made from head-office, The organisational structure lacked delegation to those on the ground.
John Brumby was everywhere in your face, to such a point that it became somewhat overbearing at times, even the how-to-vote cards reflected this over statement.
The Labor Party has not been decimated in this election and as such should be able to provide a strong opposition, provided it is able to undergo renewal without pulling itself apart in the coming weeks and months to follow.
John Brumby should stay on as leader of the State Labor Party. He has a lot to offer Victoria.