Vic parties push tech, tourism funding

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VICTORIAN CAMPAIGN FRIDAY

WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN

* Daniel Andrews – Northcote (in the Northcote electorate, held by Labor by a margin of 1.7% in 2018)

* Matthew Guy – Ballarat (Wendouree, held by Labor by an 11% margin in 2018)

WHAT THEY PROMISED

Work:

* $116 million for six technology schools in Frankston, Dandenong, Hume, Brimbank, Warrnambool and Wangaratta

* About $24 million for kindergartens, including nearly $15 million to provide one-time $5,000 grants to every kindergarten in the state

Coalition:

* Establish a set of aeronautical attractions to support the return of international flights to Tullamarine and Avalon airports and attract flights to regional airports in Victoria

* $6 million to help 48 area councils make cities RV-friendly

OTHER TOPICS

* Victoria’s Electoral Commission has warned that a slower-than-usual vote count could delay election results. Almost 4.4 million Victorians are registered to vote and around half are expected to vote early. Those votes will be counted in the first 155 centers, while the rest will be counted among 1,700 sites on Election Day.

* Liberal Leader Matthew Guy defended Shadow Treasurer David Davis after he appeared unaware of the full cost of the coalition’s campaign pledges on Thursday. Mr Davis could not give a full estimate of the new commitments when releasing the coalition’s budget impact statement before a Liberal spokesperson later confirmed they would cost around $28 billion .

* Liberal candidate for Eureka regional seat Paul Tatchell says his views have changed since 2018 when he called Daniel Andrews and Matthew Guy the “worst prime minister candidates” of his life. Mr Tatchell, who was then mayor of Moorabool Shire, said he made the comments out of frustration with regional Victoria’s lack of funding over the past 20 years.

* Prime Minister Daniel Andrews defended his decision to vote early Thursday, outside his electorate and without any media present. Former Liberal Prime Minister Jeff Kennett slammed social media, but Mr Andrews stood by his decision, citing logistical issues.

WHAT THEY SAID

* “A vote for Labor is a vote to cut your bills. A vote for the Liberals is a vote to cut jobs. So you can cut bills by voting Labor or cut jobs by voting Liberal” – Prime Minister Daniel Andrews

* “We are confident about our state. We are confident about the future of our state…we are confident that our state’s best days lie ahead of it and not behind it. That is what he This Saturday election is for us” – Liberal Leader Matthieu Guy

* “We know that housing is the biggest cost of living pressure facing Victorians. Despite this, despite Victoria being in the midst of its worst housing affordability crisis, neither major party has made a serious attempt to address it in this election campaign” – Greens Leader Samantha Ratnam

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