Vic Labor and Liberal campaigns to launch


The Victorian Labor and Liberal parties are set to launch their election campaigns as they gear up for almost four weeks of intense campaigning ahead of the November 24 state poll.

Labor MPs, candidates and members will gather at Monash University’s Clayton campus in Melbourne’s southeast on Sunday while the Liberals will kick off their campaign at Montmorency Secondary College in the city’s northeast.

Key policy battlegrounds so far have been over law and order, education, cost of living, public transport and traffic congestion.

The parties’ latest policy moves have been rival plans over power bills.

Labor on Friday promised to slash power bills by legislating a new “default” offer, forcing retailers to offer fairer prices, while the opposition has vowed to give low income earners an extra 18 per cent price cut on top of discounts already received.

Other Labor announcements in the past week have included a commitment to review Victoria’s court committal system and the provision of a mental health professional at every secondary school.

Liberal pledges include the creation of an “innovation officer” to boost employment in regional towns and a promise to install solar panels and batteries in every Victorian school.

Meanwhile, the Victorian Greens are hoping neither major party will win the numbers to properly form government and that they will hold the balance of power.

At the minor party’s campaign launch on Saturday night, leaders and pollsters told Greens members that “multi-party government” was a real possibility.

To do this, federal leader Richard Di Natale said, the party would need to hold the lower house seats it already has in Melbourne, Prahran and Northcote, and gain two more inner city seats – Brunswick and Richmond.

The writs will be issued on Tuesday, which is the formal process putting the government into caretaker mode.

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