Vic Libs launch campaign in Labor seat

It was a splash of blue in a firmly red electorate as the Victorian Liberals launched their election campaign in a Labor stronghold.

About 300 of the party faithful gathered at The Timber Yard in Port Melbourne on Sunday to hear leader Matthew Guy, his deputy David Southwick, health minister-hopeful Georgie Crozier and Nationals Leader Peter Walsh rally the troops.

Despite attempts to keep the location secret, Labor protesters dressed as lobsters (a reference to Mr Guy's lobster dinner with an alleged mafia boss in 2013) greeted some attendees, with everyone was given a "frequent liar" card upon arrival by the Liberals, over the Andrews government's repeated corruption investigations.

To a crowd that included his family and the last person to be elected a Liberal premier, Ted Baillieu, Mr Guy tapped into the lingering disdain for Victoria's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"You can feel that mood changing, can't you? That growing wave of anger and resentment against Daniel Andrews and his Labor administration," Mr Guy said.

"Each day I get up I am more and more confident that we can, and we will win this election. We will rid Victoria of Daniel Andrews and his corrupt Labor government."

He reiterated promises already made to ease the cost of living pressure, including the $2 flat fare for public transport in metropolitan Melbourne and half price V/Line fares.

"They say imitation is the best form of flattery, and it's telling that both Labor and the Greens have tried to copy that policy albeit badly," Mr Guy said.

In order to keep reducing household bills, Mr Guy also announced that if elected on November 26, his government would "turbocharge" gas production in Victoria and cut up to $235 from household electricity bills.

Inspired by Western Australia's gas reservation policy, the Liberal-Nationals say they will keep new Victorian gas projects for state-only use, through legislation.

"Because a guaranteed supply of natural gas means we can keep the lights on and keep energy affordable while we transition to a clean energy future," he said.

He mocked the government's plan to reintroduce the State Electricity Commission as taking Victoria "back to 1975" with "no evidence it will actually lower energy bills".

"In fact, (Labor's) own modelling says it'll increase electricity bills by 40 per cent," he said.

To cut up to $235 from household electricity bills for the first half of 2023, a Guy government would pay the daily supply charge fee, something expected to cost the state $200 million.

With Victorians able to start voting on Monday, Mr Guy's final rally cry was to hammer home the amount of debt the state is in.

"We will end Daniel Andrews' era of spiralling debt and higher taxes," he said to the crowd that cheered him off stage as they waved Liberal-branded signs and clappers.