Health pledges dominate Vic election trail

WEDNESDAY ON THE VICTORIAN ELECTION CAMPAIGN

WHERE THEY WENT

* Daniel Andrews - Australian Nursing and Midwifery Foundation headquarters (electorate of Melbourne, held by the Greens on a 1.3 per cent margin)

* Matthew Guy - Beauty Park (electorate of Frankston, held by Labor on a 9.7 per cent margin in 2018)

WHAT THEY PROMISED:

Labor:

* $150 million for a nursing and midwifery package which includes $5000 sign on bonuses for graduate nurses in public hospitals, hiring an extra 450 nurses and changes to nurse-to-patient ratios

Coalition:

* $66m on nine additional surgery robots in eight public hospitals

* $20m to speed up processing and commercial remediation relating to toxic soil

* Reforms to the Environmental Protection Agency

* $8m to create an Agriculture Futures Extension Program to help producers take up new technology and practices

Greens

* $100m for a Youth Housing Guarantee, which would provide housing to Victorians under 25 if they presented to a homelessness service

OTHER TOPICS

* The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) hit out at political parties for ignoring a survey on matters impacting its members. The Australian Labor Party, Victorian Greens, Derryn Hinch Justice Party and Animal Justice Party responded, while the coalition, Liberal Democrats, Democratic Labour Party and Reason Party did not

* ANMF state secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick expressed disappointment with how the Coalition has engaged with the union. Ms Fitzpatrick said opposition health spokeswoman Georgie Crozier hadn't consulted her on election pledges at their sole meeting in July, but Ms Crozier doubled down and said she did not lie

WHAT THEY SAID

* "Come and join the team and you'll receive a $5000 sign on bonus to say thank you" - Premier Daniel Andrews

* "It will assist with having elective surgery waiting lists in our first term, which is a very, very achievable goal of ours" - Opposition Leader Matthew Guy

* "Victoria's $17.8 billion agricultural industry relies on innovation to constantly adapt to a changing environment" - Nationals Leader Peter Walsh

* "We don't need more band-aid solutions - we need a guarantee that the next government will end youth homelessness" - Greens Leader Samantha Ratnam

* "Our members deserve to know what type of employer to expect for the next four years" - CPSU Victorian Branch Secretary Karen Batt

* "We want to work with a government that takes and respects nurses and midwives seriously, rather than pays them lip service" - ANMF Victorian Branch Secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick