Pharmacy, rail fare promises for Vic poll

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WEDNESDAY IN THE VICTORIAN ELECTORAL CAMPAIGN

WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN

* Daniel Andrews – St Albans (in the St Albans electorate, held by Labor by a 21.5% margin in 2018)

* Matthew Guy – Cranbourne North (Cranbourne, held by Labor with an 11% margin in 2018)

WHAT THEY PROMISED

Work:

* A 12-month, $19 million pilot project to expand the role of community pharmacists in treating minor health issues like urinary tract infections.

* A $32 million incentive program to attract physicians to general practice, including a top-up payment of $30,000 for first-year trainees and $10,000 per trainee on their first-year exam costs.

* $10 million for a new “small towns” fund

* $2.08 million for Magpie Nest Housing, a partnership providing housing for 130 people at risk of homelessness.

Coalition:

* $140 million to advance Melbourne’s fixed daily transit fares by $2 and six-month half-price V/Line fares to January 1.

* A $50 million plan to support the burying of power lines and the clearing of vegetation in areas affected by bushfires and storms.

OTHER TOPICS

* Undecided Victorian voters handed Prime Minister Daniel Andrews a narrow victory over Opposition Leader Matthew Guy in their only debate.

* Victorians will head to the polls without an updated cost estimate on building the entire Labour-signature commuter rail loop. Mr Andrews reiterated the projected cost of the section is $35 billion, but declined to put a figure on the next steps.

* The Victorian Electoral Commission has limited the number of campaigners outside Watergardens town center in the Sydenham seat due to misbehaviour. He also announced a drive-thru voting center for those who tested positive for COVID-19.

* Labor MP Kat Theophanous had her lawsuit against a Melbourne local council over election billboards dismissed after a promise her billboards would be left alone.

WHAT THEY SAID

* “I have complete confidence in our GPs… but I have no less confidence in our community pharmacists. They are just as highly qualified. They are just as competent and they can do more and they want to do more for their patients” – Prime Minister Daniel Andrews

* “This means that for the Australian Open, for the summer holidays, the return to school flat rate public transport in conurbations will apply” – Liberal Liberal Matthew Guy

* “The real winners on Tuesday night were the people who didn’t watch. With ‘debates’ like this, it’s no wonder people turn away from the big parties” – Greens leader Samantha Ratnam

“How much will their so-called commuter rail loop cost? Some time ago the Prime Minister promised that before the election Victorians would have an answer to this question” – Shadow Transport Infrastructure Minister Matthew Bach

* “It’s no secret that leading medical establishments take umbrage and are very critical of any expansion (of) the role of pharmacists and other healthcare professionals” – Anthony Tassone, President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia Victoria

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