Today’s by-election for the state seat of Melbourne is shaping up to be a two-horse race between Labor Greek-Australian MP Jennifer Kanis and the Greens MP Cathy Oke.
“I am feeling positive,” Ms Kanis told Neos Kosmos but added, “I think it will be a close election.” Ms Kanis has been working hard on the campaign trail for a “Labor win” but still remains moderate in her public statements.
Kanis cast her vote at Mount Alexander College in Flemington just before 8.30 am after queuing up with dozens of voters.
There is no representation made by the Baillieu government (the Liberal party), so voters may today find themselves influenced by Federal issues – such as asylum seekers and carbon tax – issues that have nothing to do with state politics but a hand that has been forced due to no real scope when making today’s decision, explains Dr Nick Economou, senior lecturer in politics at Monash University to Neos Kosmos .
Ms Kanis is quick to point out that a lot of the feedback she’s been receiving from voters in Melbourne is due to cuts made by the Baillieu government, particularly the cuts in the TAFE system, notes Dr Economou, who does not appear really optimistic about Kanis’ success.