Australia Victoria election 2022: Neil Mitchell attacks Matthew Guy over Dan Andrews' Covid policies
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Top ratingradio host Neil Mitchell has slammed the Liberal Party for failing to use ' hardline Covid policies against him during the state election campaign.
The Radio 3AW host panned Opposition Leader Matthew Guy on Nine News on Saturday evening - blasting the Coalition for having 'avoided the pandemic as an issue' over the past month.
'I think they wimped it,' Mitchell said.
'The Libs avoided it, they thought it was too negative.'
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At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, Melbourne suffered the world's longest lockdown at 263 days - significantly more severe than Sydney's 159 days - and Mr Andrews enforced tougher restrictions than other premiers.
Mitchell also took aim at both sides for failing to tackle major issues such as health and debt during the campaign.
Victoria's ambulance crisis has come under the spotlight in recent months and the state's net debt is $99.9billion - well above every other Australian state or territory.
Earlier in the evening, Mitchell predicted Labor will hold its power in Victoria's parliament despite public anger over how it handled the pandemic.
'There's no doubt there is fury out there. I don't know if it's enough to change government, I don't think there is but there's no doubt fury towards Daniel Andrews,' he said.
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'Some see him as heroic, some see him as ill fit.
'One of the things that concerns me, if Labor wins easily, it's a template for future elections.'
Mitchell has held the number one spot on 3AW's morning program for most ratings surveys over the past three decades, however, Andrews has not spoken to him in more than five years.
Polls closed at 6pm AEDT. Labor needs 45 seats to govern in its own right. Mr Andrews' government currently has 55 seats and the Coalition is on 27 seats.
Vote counting is expected to be slow due to more than 1.9million early votes being cast.
‘Twas a black night for the Victorian Libs, and a very ordinary night for independents .
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