Andrews resoundingly returned for second term – 10 seats still undecided

Andrews resoundingly returned for second term - 10 seats still undecided
Liberal support falls to dismal 34 per cent after Victoria state drubbing polls reveal
Scott Ryan says ideological debates isolating traditional base, Josh Frydenberg says party at best when it is broad church and Tim Wilson says result has federal implications

Speaking on Radio National on Monday, Ryan said those inner-city affluent seats were the birthplace of the Liberal party and swings of more than 8% to Labor in those areas, as well as the expected Labor win in Box Hill for the first time in 26 years, should be taken seriously.

These voters who are our electoral base – this is our real base as a Liberal party – they sent us a message, he said.

Read more His comments came ahead of a crisis meeting between federal Victorian Liberal MPs and the treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, whose seat of Kooyong covers the state seats of Box Hill and Kew.

Frydenberg appeared on both Sky News and ABC radio on Monday to dismiss concerns that the Victorian result could have ramifications for next years federal election, saying it was a state election fought on state issues.

He did hint at concerns that loud conservative voices may be damaging the partys chances, telling AM that the Liberal party is at its best when its a broad church representing those who have small-l liberal views as well as those with conservative views.

The prime minister, Scott Morrison, is yet to comment publicly on the state election result but did reportedly text Victorian premier Daniel Andrews following his win.

The opposition leader, Matthew Guy, has not faced the media since giving his concession speech on Saturday night and is reportedly expected to resign.

Ryan said that ideological debates around social issues such as religious freedom and climate change had isolated that traditional base, who did not want to be told that they had to adopt certain positions to be a real Liberal.

Read more A lot of Liberal voters, they are fairly conservative in their own lives … but theyre pretty liberal in their political outlook, he said. They dont want views rammed down their throat and they dont want to ram their views down anyone elses throat.

He criticised conservative media commentators, saying: I am sick of being lectured to by people who are not members of the party, by people who have never stood on polling booths about what it means to be a real Liberal.

Fellow Victorian moderate Tim Wilson, whose seat of Goldstein includes the state seat of Brighton, which saw a 6.9% swing to Labor, said it was not true that the Victorian election result had no federal implications.

I sat there on polling booths and every second person either gave you deadly silence, which is a very cold, deadly silence, or there were people mentioning energy, climate, or the deposing of the prime minister, Wilson told Sky News.

Victorian Liberal party state president Michael Kroger has resisted calls to resign over the electoral loss but said he would not re-contest his position when his term expires in April.

He told ABC Melbourne that the Coalition was beaten on substance, which he defined as Labors preparedness to take a risk and double the states net debt to fund infrastructure projects and giving out free stuff like free sanitary products in schools, care packages for new parents and the return of school dental vans.

He said federal issues such as the dumping of Malcolm Turnbull were an issue but only a small part of it.

Andrews, also speaking on ABC Melbourne, said his government was re-elected because they were getting things done.

I have seen a bit of commentary today that we won the election because we were giving away a lot of free stuff, he told host Jon Faine. Well Ill tell you now I didnt have a signature policy to give away half-price TVs.

The Greens also suffered a significant defeat at the polls, losing the seat of Northcote just 12 months after a historic byelection win by the first Aboriginal woman in Victorian parliament, Lidia Thorpe. They are on track to lose four of their five legislative council seats, with only leader Samantha Ratnam surviving.

Thorpe told the ABC the party would conduct an internal review and look at its candidate selection following the loss but also blamed dirty tactics including the destruction of posters and negative social media campaigns for her loss.

She dismissed a suggestion from Faine that she was making a statement of her Aboriginality by using the colours of the Aboriginal flag in her poster.

I was not running on the fact that Im Aboriginal, I was running on the fact that I believe what the Greens stand for, she said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is struggling to win back Coalition voters as primary votes fall for the third poll in a row.

In another Newspoll conducted for The Weekend Australian, results show Coalition falling to a near-record low of 34 per cent.   

Their dismal two party preferred performance sits at 55-45 for the second poll in a row as the next federal election could be called as early as March.  

Prime Minister, Scott Morrison (pictured) is struggling to win back Coalition voters as primary votes fall for the third poll in a row

The less-than-stellar results will no doubt reignite allegations that the unceremonious departure of Malcolm Turnbull and the thrashing suffered in the Wentworth by-election has heavily influenced the Victorian results.   

The results in the poll, which equals to a loss of 21 seats, mirrors the result for the Victorian Liberal Party after Labor Premier Daniel Andrews shock second term win. 

The numbers also suggest that the core Liberal and Nationals voters have abandoned the Coalition as votes swing to One Nation, which showed a significant two-point increase to 8 per cent.  

Labor however, maintained their primary vote of 40 per cent and reflecting an improvement of 5.3 per cent in primary vote support since the previous election.

The results in the poll, which equals to a loss of 21 seats, mirrors the result for the Victorian Liberal Party after Labor Premier Daniel Andrews shock second term win (stock image)

But despite the continued decline for the party, its leader, Mr Morrison, seems to have escaped unscathed as he has doubled his lead as preferred prime minister over Bill Shorten in the past fortnight.

Mr Morrisons record four-point jump in approval ratings come as his debate on terrorism and renewable energy plans continue to dominate.

After losing Wentworth in the by-election to independent Kerryn Phelps, Mr Morrison has returned to a net positive approval rating, having previously dipped in negative terrority in the past two polls.

While his approval rating increased by 43 per cent, the number of people who disapproved of his performance fell five points to 42 per cent, now giving the Prime Minister a net positive satisfaction rating on plus one.