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Forget something, Mr Premier?

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Victoria’s new premier has vowed to get to work straight away but his maiden speech failed to mention one of the most contentious issues of the election – the East West Link.

Daniel Andrews led Labor to a comfortable victory over the coalition government with a swing that could deliver them up to 48 seats in the 88-seat lower house.

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One of the most significant promises of his campaign was a pledge to rip-up the contracts for $6.8 billion first stage of the East West Link.

Labor said there was not enough money to build the road when there were other priorities, but he did not rule out the need for a similar project down the track.

In his victory speech on Saturday night, Mr Andrews committed himself to referring the ambulance pay dispute to the fair work commission and the back to work bill but failed to mention “ripping up the contracts” for the controversial road.

Dr Napthine conceded defeat at about 10pm, despite no counting of most of the 1.1 million votes cast before election day.

The Greens have picked up the lower house seat of Melbourne and are in with a chance of claiming Richmond and Prahran.

Labor will hold an outright majority in the lower house but will have to rely on an alliance with the Greens and one or more minor parties to have its legislation pass the upper house.

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