Watch furious Peta Credlin’s withering election night tirade: TV host rips into the Liberal Party for ‘losing SO well’ as Daniel Andrews wins a third term – as she lists why her side of politics lost
- The Victorian state election is being called for Daniel Andrews and Labor
- Conservative Sky News host Peta Credlin unleashed rant at the Liberal Party
- She said there was ‘plenty to work with’ but Liberals ‘comfortable’ with losing
Conservative Sky News commentator Peta Credlin has unleashed a furious spray at the Victorian Liberal Party as they suffer a convincing loss to Daniel Andrews’ Labor party.
Major television networks including the ABC’s respected election guru Antony Green called the Victorian election for Labor shortly after 8pm on Saturday, barely two hours after polls closed.
Credlin – who was once touted as a potential challenger to Andrews at the polls – fumed that the party was getting ‘very comfortable’ with the fact it was in Opposition and lost the election despite having ‘lots’ to work with against the Premier.
Credlin, the former chief of staff to Liberal PM Tony Abbott, said the party was being destroyed by ‘factional warlordism’ and slammed senior MPs for telling Federal Liberals to butt out, as they ‘don’t understand Victoria’.
‘Really?! Because you lose so well at a state level in areas where we don’t lose at a federal level.’
Sky News host Peta Credlin (pictured left) blamed ‘factional warlordism’ and the Liberals ‘being comfortable in Opposition’ for their defeat in the Victorian election on Saturday
Ms Credlin said the Victorian Liberals need to be brave enough to clear out the ‘dead-wood’ that has been around for 20 years and ‘achieved sweet bugger all’.
‘You can see in seats like Hastings and Nepean if you put in fresh blood into the ballot people will support it’.
‘The Liberal Party isn’t sure in Victoria what it stands for and I have to say it’s become very, very comfortable in Opposition,’ Credlin said.
‘It’s lost the belief in itself that it can take on Labor and win.’
‘You’re up against Dan Andrews and you can see in the swings (against Labor) that there’s cranky people.’
‘There’s plenty to work with’.
Dan Andrews (pictured) has led Labor to its third consecutive victory in Victoria
So far, there have only been a few wins for the Liberals – including former tennis ace Sam Groth, 35, claiming the marginal seat of Nepean for the Liberals.
Former Greg Hunt staffer Briony Hutton almost took out well known Strictly Ballroom actor and Dancing With the Stars host Paul Mercurio in Hastings.
ABC election analyst Antony Green has called at least 48 seats for Labor. The party needed 45 to secure a majority government.
The Greens also look set to make significant gains at Saturday’s poll.
They retained the seats of Brunswick, Melbourne, Prahran, were projected to pick up Northcote and Richmond and were ahead in Pascoe Vale as of 9.30pm, according to the ABC.
Outgoing Labor MP and former minister Lisa Neville said it was an extraordinary victory for Mr Andrews.
‘He’s pulled off something that nobody nobody believed he could,’ she said on Sky’s election panel.