Pre-election budget shows Vic deficit jump

THURSDAY CAMPAIGNING AHEAD OF THE VICTORIAN ELECTION

WHERE THEY WENT

* Daniel Andrews - Bayswater (electorate of Bayswater, held by Labor on a 0.4 per cent margin in 2018)

* Matthew Guy - Clayton (Oakleigh, held by Labor on a 15.8 per cent margin in 2018)

WHAT THEY PROMISED:

Labor:

* $42 million for 100 neighbourhood batteries

Coalition:

* $21m to cover out-of-pocket IVF costs and egg freezing for women with serious medical concerns

* $100 million for a grants program from community mental health initiatives

Greens

* $50m push to revitalise shopping strips through a commercial vacancy tax, upgrading streetscapes and a dedicated unit in the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

OTHER TOPICS

* Victoria's budget deficit forecast increased to $10.2 billion this financial year. That is a jump of about $500 million since Treasurer Tim Pallas delivered an update 10 days ago and largely attributed to flood recovery spending

* Political staffers presented as regular voters appeared in a campaign video for Deputy Liberal Leader David Southwick

WHAT THEY SAID

* "I think we all know it was a mistake to privatise our electricity. Pensioners, families, community clubs like this and so many others have paid a very high price for that." - Premier Daniel Andrews

* "We want to take away that cost for young women and girls who might need to avail egg freezing into the future." - Opposition Leader Matthew Guy on the coalition's fertility announcement

* "We want to revitalise our shopping strips by making sure there's more support for artists, traders and pop-up shops" - Greens Leader Samantha Ratnam

* "This is a person who when he was in parliament pretended, faked being an adjunct professor. He faked being a minister to the Chinese government, and now he's producing a fake video with fake supporters. In my book, that's three strikes and you're out." - Energy Minister Lily D'Ambrosio on David Southwick

* "I haven't seen (the campaign video) but what I would say is this - David Southwick is a fabulous local MP," - Matthew Guy.