Boost to Vic kindergartens, govt services

SUNDAY ON THE VICTORIAN ELECTION CAMPAIGN

WHERE THEY WENT

* Daniel Andrews - Narre Warren South (in the electorate of Narre Warren South, held by Labor on a 13.8 per cent margin in 2018)

* Matthew Guy - Bentleigh East (in the electorate of Bentleigh, held by Labor on a 23.8 per cent margin in 2018)

WHAT THEY PROMISED

Labor:

* $584 million to establish 50 new government-owned and operated early education centres. The first four in Eaglehawk North, Fawkner, Murtoa and Sunshine will open in 2025, while the remaining will be opened by 2028.

* $159 million for an early childhood workforce package to attract, retain and develop talent. It includes 700 extra early childhood scholarships worth between $12,000 and $34,000.

Coalition:

* $300 million to establish Connect Victoria, a one-stop-shop for all government services. It will replace Services Victoria and allow residents to store digital driver's licences, transport cards, water rebates, and business licences. There will also be a new physical network of ConnectVic hubs across regional and metropolitan areas.

OTHER TOPICS

* Liberal Leader Matthew Guy has backed his party director after reports emerged senior Liberals were aware of upper house candidate Renee Heath's links to a controversial church. Mr Guy said state director Sam McQuestin had followed proper pre-selection processes and only endorsed Ms Heath with the information made available to him.

* Leaked recordings revealed Liberal candidate for Narre Warren North Timothy Dragan had made comments against Indigenous people, abortion and climate change at a polling booth. Mr Guy said Mr Dragan had apologised for his "disrespectful" comments and no further action was required.

* Premier Daniel Andrews called for an end to the "Americanisation" of Victorian politics after police confirmed they were investigating sitting MP Catherine Cumming over comments she made at a Melbourne rally. Ms Cumming stands by saying she wanted to "make Daniel Andrews turn into red mist", telling AAP there was nothing inciteful about them.

WHAT THEY SAID

* "I'm all about our positive and optimistic plan. And I'm not going to waste my time commentating on people who are not relevant to my positive optimistic plan" - Premier Daniel Andrews

* "(Timothy Dragan) has apologised for silly comments. He's not alone in this world for making silly comments and he's apologised for the ones he made" - Liberal Leader Matthew Guy

* "Guy has no power to do what he's proposed (to Renee Heath). This is Andrew Thorburn on steroids. This is cultural Marxism and whilst I'm a member of our party I'll call this crap out" - Outgoing Liberal MP Tim Smith

* "Labor can't get on their high-horse about the far-right when they refuse to reform our undemocratic group voting system that gives these groups a vehicle to enter parliament" - Victorian Greens leader Samantha Ratnam

* "This is about supporting small businesses, putting customers first and ensuring finally that Victorians no longer have to say I hate government services" - Shadow Small Business Minister David Southwick

* "These reforms have the power to change lives because with the introduction of free kindergarten next year ... it will mean that cost is no longer a barrier for any child to get the very best start in life" - Early Childhood Minister Ingrid Stitt