Vic parties push economic, ambo policies

FRIDAY ON THE VICTORIAN ELECTION CAMPAIGN

WHERE THEY WENT

* Daniel Andrews - Parkville (in the electorate of Melbourne, held by the Greens on a 1.3 per cent margin in 2018)

* Matthew Guy - Werribee (Werribee, held by Labor on a 15.7 per cent margin in 2018)

WHAT THEY PROMISED

Labor:

* $26 million package to add 40 mobile intensive care ambulance paramedics across the state

* A $10 million Australian-first centre for paramedicine in partnership with Victoria University

* End outsourcing of Victoria's patient transport sector by Ambulance Victoria potentially directly employing patient transport officers

Coalition:

* Lead reform on Victoria's upper house group voting ticket system

* Establish Victoria's first special economic zone in East Werribee, offering businesses within it no payroll tax for at least four years and discounted land tax and stamp duty

* Fully funded relief program to protect Victorian charities from landfill levy costs

Greens:

* $50 million to extend a free bush camp program for public school children

OTHER TOPICS

* Liberal Leader Matthew Guy remains adamant he has fully co-operated with the Victorian Electoral Commission's probe into a donor scandal. The VEC said it did not receive satisfactory responses from any of the key players but Mr Guy maintained he's handed over all material requested via lawyers

* Mr Andrews confirmed his chief of staff met with so-called "preference whisperer" Glenn Druery to talk about staff resourcing. Mr Druery was an advisor to the Hinch Justice Party at the time

WHAT THEY SAID

* "We stand with our ambos and they stand with us and that's a point of pride. One of the reasons that that's the case is we don't go to war with our workforce. We respect their work, we fund them properly and we listen to their ideas." - Premier Daniel Andrews

* "Our government has always respected our paramedics. This is an absolute contrast to the Liberals who had every opportunity and sought to go to war with our paramedics to discourage them and their skills." - Health Minister Mary-Anne Thomas

* "There are so many issues out in the western suburbs of Melbourne that need to be addressed. For instance, job growth. Which is why we're here announcing a special economic zone." - Liberal Leader Matthew Guy

* "While Daniel Andrews and Tim Pallas treat the west like a toxic wasteland, the Libs are going to make the west an economic heartland." - Liberal Deputy Leader David Southwick

* "I'm really saddened that kids are missing out on camps and getting out into the bush because our public schools lack the funding to deliver what should be core learning." - Greens Deputy Leader Ellen Sandell