|The scary part is that there is now negligible likelihood that Labor will get back in the game at state level while I'm still young enough to care. They just don't have the raw materials to work with.
In my ideal world, Baillieu would eventually get what he asked for in his election winning move, a future in which the only real choice is liberal v green, but with a more progressive green taking on board some of the Sex Party's explorations and finishing up strong on environmental and social issues but pluralist on business and services delivery where one size will never fit all.
While it is easy to miss from the comfort zone of the world's only politically integrated continent, the exercise of power by nation states is failing with the locus moving to cities and regions, backed up by wider consensus in domains that are needed to guarantee interoperability. It is also moving inexorably to transparency and crowd sourcing despite the rapidly accumulating resources of the new authoritarians.
My wildest dream is that Melbourne/Sunshine can regain a position of leadership, reviving think local-act global.