Now the responsibility for deciding what becomes law is solely on Labor itself.
But freedom is responsibility.
For Steve Bracks this victory is freedom. His government is now free of the constraints under which it operated in its first three years. He can chuck out the P-plates. The car is now his to drive wherever and however Labor chooses.
The real impact of Labor's win is threefold. Labor no longer needs the independents. Labor no longer needs the Liberals in the Upper House. And Labor no longer needs to worry seriously about losing office next time it faces the voters.
If a political party in Victoria no longer depends upon other parties for legislation and need not worry about losing office in the next elections it is free to decide what becomes law.