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Federal Libs vow to learn from Vic loss

Federal Liberal MPs have pledged the party will learn lessons from the defeat at the Victorian state election.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrew won a third term following Saturday’s poll, with Labor on track to win at least 49 seats in the 88-seat lower house.

Opposition immigration spokesman Dan Tehan said the results for the Liberals were disappointing.

“What we need to do is to make sure that we learn the lessons of this defeat, they’re happening far too often in Victoria,” he told Sky News on Sunday.

“We’ve got to be able to broaden the electoral map, we’ve got to win seats right across Victoria, and we’ve got to make sure that we focus on what we need to do to win elections.”

While the Liberals managed to win back some seats, they were not able to make enough in roads to form government.

Mr Tehan said it was critical the party take heed of the message the electorate sent on Saturday.

“We need a complete reset in what we’re doing, because if we keep reviewing and keep doing the same thing over and over again, in four years time, we’re going to be in exactly the same situation.”

Immigration Minister Andrew Giles said the third election victory in a row for Premier Daniel Andrews was an extraordinary achievement.

“This election result is a vindication of Daniel Andrews’s approach to government and his extraordinary personal qualities,” he told ABC Radio on Sunday.

“The election has to be seen as a repudiation of a Victorian Liberal brand that has become ugly and cynical, and that has obvious wider implications.”

Labor did suffer swings against it in Melbourne’s western suburbs, but the party managed to pick up additional seats.

Mr Giles said there were lessons from the Victorian election for federal counterparts.

“We’ve got to recognise that we’ve got to get on with the job,” he said,.

“We’ve got to govern for all Australians and leave no one behind, which is exactly how the prime minister has conducted himself from day one.”

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese congratulated Mr Andrews on his election win on Twitter on Saturday night.

Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth said the election win for Labor was a stamp of approval for positive plans.

“Certainly, I think the implications federally is that there is a good partnership between the federal government and the Dan Andrews Labor government,” she said on Sky News.

“We all look forward to continue to work to deliver for Victorians but also right across the country.”

Opposition finance spokeswoman Jane Hume said there were some green shoots for the party in candidates who had picked up seats.

She said the party needed to focus on selecting more female candidates.

“It’s really important that we have more women in our ranks because we want to better reflect the communities we represent,” she told ABC Radio.

“There is absolutely no doubt that fewer women are voting for the Liberal party than they used to and particularly in that cohort of professional women.”

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