First, has Labor delivered over the past four years under both former premier Steve Bracks and Mr Brumby?
Second, is Ted Baillieu and his Coalition better equipped than Labor to lead Victoria through the significant social and economic challenges we face over the next four years?
Mr Brumby inherited the premiership in August 2007 from Mr Bracks.
The Sunday Herald Sun believes Victoria's un-elected Premier has, over the past 1214 days, delivered the people a solid Government, based on the bedrock of responsible financial management. It has been largely free from the personal scandals born of hubris that engulf most long-term governments.
Victoria's forecast surplus is $3.2 billion over the next four years. We are the only state that achieved a surplus during the global economic crisis. Our prized AAA credit rating remains intact.
Our unemployment rate is currently 5.5 per cent. Strong jobs growth has been achieved in the midst of a historic boom taking Victoria's population to 5.5 million.
While our hospitals and schools are far from perfect, the Government has made massive investments in education and health.
The Treasurer inside Mr Brumby appears to have prevailed and Labor has gambled and not embarked on a spending blitz over the past month.
Much of the funding has been injected into policies that will play well in the family-dominated growth corridors.
Mr Baillieu deserves applause for taking a stand against the Greens. By refusing to give them preferences he has all but ended that party's hopes of holding the balance of power. Voters should be wary of the Greens, a party led by self-appointed moral arbiters who believe themselves to be above scrutiny. As Victoria faces the challenges ahead we will need strong government more than ever.
The Sunday Herald Sun believes that on balance Labor is best equipped to deliver strong government over the next term. So today, we urge Victorians to re-elect John Brumby.