Terrorism and crime played a huge part in the Victorian state election campaign leading up to polling day on November 24.
The Liberal-National opposition has been campaigning on it all year, helped along by its colleagues in the federal government. At one point, federal Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said people in Melbourne were so terrified of the crime wave that they were frightened to go out to dinner.
His targets were gangs of young men, singled out as African.
Then three events occurred during the election campaign itself that gave impetus to the law and order issue.