Curfew-bound Victorians angry at Stage 4 lockdowns and record coronavirus deaths are sparking questions about the future of Daniel Andrews as Premier.
His dissatisfaction rating has soared as Melburnians are banned from being outside after 8pm.
The Labor caucus has a potential replacement should their leader, dubbed 'Chairman Dan', prove to be even more of a political liability.
Jacinta Allan, the Minister for Transport Infrastructure, is one of the state government's strongest performers but has hardly been seen during the pandemic - because she doesn't hold the thorny health portfolio.
She was elected to Parliament in 1999 when, at age 26, she defeated a sitting Liberal MP more than twice her age in the rural city of Bendigo.
Two decades later, she is longest-serving female cabinet minister in the history of Victorian politics despite being only 45, and could soon revive a long Australian political tradition of a woman taking over from a man who struggles in the top job.
A woman could save Victoria by taking over from Daniel Andrews as Premier with the surge in coronavirus cases destroying his political standing. Pictured is the Premier with his possible successor Jacinta Allan
Jacinta Allan, the Minister for Transport Infrastructure, is one of the embattled Labor state government's strongest performers but has hardly been seen during the pandemic - because she doesn't hold the thorny health portfolio
Were she to step up as leader, she would be the first Victorian Labor premier in 88 years to represent an electorate outside of Melbourne.
She would also be the first woman to lead the state in almost three decades.
With 14 years under her political belt juggling portfolios, the mother-of-two certainly isn't short on experience.
By happy coincidence she has the same initials as New Zealand's Labour Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern - who is expected to win re-election in a landslide in next month's poll.
Labor's federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters said Ms Allan had broad appeal across the state.
'She's already appealing very well to the rest of Victoria because of the high profile of her job,' she told Daily Mail Australia.
'She's been a fantastic minister, a senior minister in the state Labor government.'
When it came to Mr Andrews, Ms Chester was more lukewarm with her praise.
'Daniel Andrews is the current Premier of the state - he's doing a good job considering the circumstances,' she said, adding the Labor leadership was 'ultimately a matter for the Victorian Labor Party caucus'.
Monash University political professor Paul Strangio said Ms Allan had 'proved to be an effective, articulate and deft minister in major portfolio areas'.
With 14 years under her political belt juggling portfolios, the 45-year-old mother-of-two certainly isn't short on experience and even has the same initials as New Zealand's popular Labour Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. She is pictured in 2013 with her daughter Peggy
Monash University political professor Paul Strangio said Ms Allan had 'proved to be an effective, articulate and deft minister in major portfolio areas'. Ms Allan is pictured in 2013
'Allan has serious claims to be the next in line as Labor leader,' he told Daily Mail Australia, adding she wouldn't be the only contender.
Before the pandemic struck and threatened to cripple the Victorian economy, Ms Allan was the face of a popular $8.3billion program to replace dangerous railway crossings.
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Her success in replacing 38 level crossings to date was a major factor behind the government's November 2018 re-election, which saw Labor win more than double the seats of the Opposition Liberal and National parties combined.
Less than two years later, her boss is under pressure, despite Twitter plaudits from the likes of actor Russell Crowe.
In just two months, Mr Andrews' approval rating in Newspoll plunged from 75 per cent in April, when he was riding on the crest of approval for his handling of the bushfires, to 57 per cent in mid-July.
While 57 is still a healthy number, his dissatisfaction rating more than doubled from 17 per cent to 37 per cent in the same period, even before Melbourne and the neighbouring Mitchell Shire were placed into a strict Stage 4 lockdown.
Business leaders have called for Mr Andrews to resign as premier, with the once-thriving and now-struggling Chapel Street shopping precinct in the upmarket inner-city suburb of Prahan last month demanding that he go.sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more
Chrissie Maus, the general manager of the Chapel Street Precinct