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A Brief History of the Bracks Labor Government

The Bracks Labor Government took office in Victoria on October 20, 1999. The election of September 18 had resulted in the surprise defeat of the coalition government led by Jeff Kennett since October 1992.

BracksFollowing the general election, the ALP had increased its share of the seats in the Legislative Assembly from 29 to 41. The coalition parties had 43 seats and 3 more (Mildura, Gippsland West and Gippsland West) were held by independents.

A supplementary election was required in the electorate of Frankston East, caused by the death on polling day of the sitting member, Peter McLellan. McLellan had been elected as a Liberal, but had sat as an independent since 1997, following his resignation in which he cited concern at the direction of government policies, particularly in relation to changes to the office of Auditor-General. [Read more…]