Pharmacy, rail fare promises for Vic poll

WEDNESDAY ON THE VICTORIAN ELECTION CAMPAIGN

WHERE THEY WENT

* Daniel Andrews - St Albans (in the electorate of St Albans, held by Labor on a 21.5 per cent margin in 2018)

* Matthew Guy - Cranbourne North (Cranbourne, held by Labor on a 11 per cent margin in 2018)

WHAT THEY PROMISED

Labor:

* A $19 million, 12-month pilot project to expand the role of community pharmacists to treat minor health conditions such as urinary tract infections.

* A $32 million incentivisation program to lure doctors into general practice, including a $30,000 top-up payment for first-year trainees and $10,000 per trainee on the costs of their first-year exams.

* $141 million to install air conditioners in more than 40 public housing towers in Victoria

* $10 million for a new "tiny towns" fund

* $2.08 million for Magpie Nest Housing, a partnership providing accommodation to 130 people vulnerable to homelessness.

Coalition:

* $140 million to bring forward $2 flat daily public transport fares in Melbourne and half-price V/Line fares by six months to January 1.

* A $50 million plan to support underground powerlines and clearing vegetation in areas affected by bushfires and storms.

OTHER TOPICS

* Undecided Victorian voters awarded Premier Daniel Andrews a narrow victory over Opposition Leader Matthew Guy in their only debate.

* Victorians will hit the polls without an updated cost estimate on building Labor's entire signature Suburban Rail Loop. Mr Andrews reiterated the east section's predicted cost of $35 billion but declined to put a figure on subsequent stages.

* The Victorian Electoral Commission limited the number of campaigners outside Watergardens Town Centre in the seat of Sydenham over poor behaviour. It has also announced a drive-through voting centre for people who test positive for COVID-19.

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

WHAT THEY SAID

* "I've got complete faith in our GPs ... but I've got no less faith in our community pharmacists. They're just as highly qualified. They're just as skilled and they can do more and they want to do more for their patients" - Premier Daniel Andrews

* "It means that for the Australian Open, for the summer holidays, returning back to school flat fare public transport across built-up areas will apply" - Liberal Leader Matthew Guy

* "The real winners on Tuesday night were the people who didn't watch. With 'debates' like this, it's no wonder people are turning away from the major parties" - Greens Leader Samantha Ratnam

"How much is their so-called Suburban Rail Loop going to cost. Some time ago now the premier promised that before the election Victorians would have an answer to that question" - Shadow Transport Infrastructure Minister Matthew Bach

* "It's no secret peak medical bodies take umbrage and are very critical of any expansion of (the) role of pharmacists and other health care professionals" - Pharmacy Guild of Australia Victoria president Anthony Tassone