Both News Corp newspapers the Herald Sun and The Australian have backed the Coalition to win the election on Saturday, stating that Premier Daniel Andrews has an autocratic style that has tested the bounds of democracy.
This masthead said that while there are dangers in returning Labor for a third term, the Coalition is simply not ready to govern.
Traditionally, endorsements by Australian newspapers are made on the eve of an election.
Here’s a snapshot of the election editorials so far:
The Age believes the opposition is simply not ready to govern. It has done little real renewal of personnel or policy in the past four years and has not made a compelling case for change. On most of the policy issues that matter to Victorians, Labor’s are stronger and more coherent.
Given the manifest failures of the past four years, Victoria cannot – financially or politically – afford another term of Labor and Mr Andrews’ divisive leadership.
Mr Andrews is a known quantity. His autocratic style has been terrible for Victoria and will leave lasting economic and emotional damage.
You can read The Age’s full election editorial here.