Vic parties push tech, tourism funding

FRIDAY ON THE VICTORIAN ELECTION CAMPAIGN

WHERE THEY WENT

* Daniel Andrews - Northcote (in the electorate of Northcote, held by Labor on a 1.7 per cent margin in 2018)

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

WHAT THEY PROMISED

Labor:

* $116 million for six tech schools in Frankston, Dandenong, Hume, Brimbank, Warrnambool and Wangaratta

* About $24m for kindergartens, including almost $15m to deliver one-off $5,000 grants to every kinder across the state

Coalition:

* Establish an Aviation Attraction Package to support the return of international flights to Tullamarine and Avalon Airports and attract flights to regional Victorian airports

* $6m to support 48 regional councils to make towns recreational vehicle friendly

OTHER TOPICS

* The Victorian Electoral Commission has warned a slower than usual vote count could delay election results. Almost 4.4 million Victorians are enrolled to vote and roughly half are expected to vote early. Those votes will be counted across 155 early centres, while the rest will be counted among 1700 election-day sites.

* Liberal Leader Matthew Guy defended Shadow Treasurer David Davis after he appeared to not know the total cost for the coalition's election commitments on Thursday. Mr Davis could not give a total estimate for new commitments when releasing the coalition's budget impact statement before a Liberal spokesperson later confirmed they would cost about $28b.

* The Liberal candidate for regional seat of Eureka Paul Tatchell said his view has changed from 2018 when he branded Daniel Andrews and Matthew Guy "the worst applicants for premier" in his life. Mr Tatchell, who was mayor of Moorabool Shire at the time, said he made the comments out of frustration over the lack of funding for regional Victoria in the past 20 years

* Premier Daniel Andrews defended his decision to vote early on Thursday, outside his electorate and without any media present. Former Liberal premier Jeff Kennett led criticism on social media but Mr Andrews stood by his decision, citing issues around logistics.

WHAT THEY SAID

* "A vote for Labor is a vote to cut your bills. A vote for the Liberals is a vote to cut jobs. So you can cut bills by voting Labor or cut jobs by voting Liberal" - Premier Daniel Andrews

* "We are confident about our state. We're confident about our state's future ... we are confident that our state's best days are ahead of it not behind it. That is what for us this election is about on Saturday" - Liberal Leader Matthew Guy

* "We know that housing is the biggest cost of living pressure facing Victorians. Despite that, despite Victoria being in the midst of its worst housing affordability crisis, neither major party has made any serious attempt to address that in this election campaign" - Greens Leader Samantha Ratnam