Women, local business talk of Vic campaign

WEDNESDAY 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 - Cheltenham (Sandringham, held by Liberals on a 0.7 per cent margin in 2018)

WHAT THEY PROMISED

Labor:

* $79 million towards women's health reform, including $5m for a women's health research institute

Coalition:

* A Love Victorian Made campaign to support local growers, manufacturers and businesses

OTHER TOPICS

* There were assault allegations as pre-polling took a violent turn in parts of Victoria. One Labor Party volunteer was reportedly left with a broken leg after allegedly being attacked by an irate voter in Wodonga, northeast of Melbourne. It came after video footage emerged of Treasurer Tim Pallas and Freedom Party candidate Mark Strother embroiled in a heated dispute in Werribee

* Integrity issues reared their head again after reports the Liberal Party used legal tactics to delay Victorian Electoral Commission investigations into donations linked to the party

* Electoral Commissioner Warwick Gately will take leave from Friday ahead of urgent surgery, handing over the reins to deputy Dana Fleming until after the election

* A Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal hearing has been scheduled for Thursday morning over a dispute between the VEC and teal independent candidates over how-to-vote cards

WHAT THEY SAID

* "Women are more likely to die of cardiovascular disease because all the protocols are written for men. Three-quarters of MS diagnoses are in women, two-thirds of Alzheimer's diagnoses are in women" - Premier Daniel Andrews

* "Like so many other Victorian women, I too have had lived experience of what it's like to suffer from endometriosis ... It was a time in my life that was personally really challenging" - Deputy Premier Jacinta Allan

* "Focusing on local jobs and growing local jobs is so important as we come out of COVID. We're proud of what Victoria can do. It's about our state. Our state's future. Proud and strong. Confident again. And we're willing to invest in it and we're willing to run the programs that will make that happen" - Liberal Leader Matthew Guy

* "We're very open to working with a Labor government next year and will be making sure climate action and housing affordability are a key part of those negotiations, as well as integrity and First Nations justice" - Victorian Greens leader Samantha Ratnam