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John Cain Claims Victory In Victoria; Third Consecutive Win For Labor

This is audio of Victorian Labor Premier John Cain claiming victory in the 1988 state election.

Cain led Labor to its third consecutive victory, having previously won in 1982 and 1985. He stood down in 1990 and was replaced by Joan Kirner, who led the party to defeat in 1992.

Cain is Victorian Labor’s longest-serving Premier.

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1988 Victorian State Election Count

These two videos contain the ABC’s election night coverage of the 1988 Victorian state election count.

The election was won by the ALP, delivering a third consecutive victory for Premier John Cain, against the Liberal Party’s Jeff Kennett.

The coverage is notable for the accurate predictions of Senator Robert Ray, the Minister for Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs in the Hawke government. Surrounded by defeated Liberals arguing they were still in with a chance, Ray was the first to predict that the Cain government would be returned with the loss of just one seat, Warrandyte.

The ALP won 46 seats to 33 for the Liberal Party and 9 for the Nationals. The Nationals lost one seat, Mildura, to the Liberal Party. [Read more…]


Neil Mitchell Editorial On The 1988 Victorian State Election

This is Neil Mitchell’s editorial on the 1988 Victorian state election.

Mitchell joined Melbourne radio station 3AW in 1987. In 1988, he hosted the drive-time show. He moved to mornings in 1990. Prior to radio, Mitchell had a career in print journalism. He was editor of the Herald from 1985 until 1987. [Read more…]