Voters in the Australian State of Victoria expected to reelect the Andrews Labour government

Voters in the Australian State of Victoria expected to reelect the Andrews Labour government

Voters in Australia’s second most populous state of Victoria are likely to return the centre-left Labor Party to government for

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Voters in Australia’s second most populous state of Victoria are likely to return the centre-left Labor Party to government for another four-year term today.

The opposition Liberal Party has trailed in the polls for much of the past four years. Its popularity was dealt a further blow in August when the federal Liberal Party held a party-room vote and ousted centrist Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Meanwhile, Victoria’s Labor Premier Daniel Andrews has promised to ramp up infrastructure investment if re-elected. Mr Andrews has announced his government would pursue a new rail project worth some $50 billion over the next three decades.

Along with other mooted interstate rail projects, the Victorian proposal provides a tantalising prospect for construction firms. A boom in infrastructure construction and the resultant increase in demand for workers and engineers could also tighten the labour market over the medium-term, increasing costs but also pushing up stubbornly low wages.

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