A pattern is emerging in Victoria – as soon as a teal candidate is announced, a Liberal spending announcement usually
follows soon afterwards.

The opposition, widely tipped to endure a third straight loss at the November 26 state election, is facing a brutal twofront war against Labor and a string of mainly female “teal” candidates.

The Coalition needs to gain 18 seats to win its first election since 2010, while the Andrews Labor government has an 11-seat buffer in the lower house, holding 55 out of 88 seats.