Editor's note

There has been no shortage of controversy as the Victorian state election nears. One Liberal candidate has quit over an online video featuring the hashtag #MuslimBan. A Greens candidate has attracted criticism for rapping about date rape. But as Zareh Ghazarian writes, the major parties are trying to focus attention on health care, education, public transport and the issue that has dominated Victorian politics in recent years – public safety.

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