FIVE KEY POLICY AREAS FOR THE VICTORIAN ELECTION
Coalition: Building $6.
8 billion East West Link stage one. Promises to start work on a train line to Melbourne Airport in the next four years. Will build the Melbourne Rail Link – two new stations and new tunnels to allow passenger number increases in the city loop.
Labor: Will remove 50 level crossings around Melbourne. Promised not to honour the contracts for the East West Link. Committed $300 million for planning and design of the Melbourne Metro Rail tunnel, adding five new stations to the city loop.
Coalition: Committed $120 million for a new stand-alone heart hospital at the Monash Medical Centre. Looking to finish a long-running battle with paramedics over a new pay deal.
Labor: Matched the heart hospital promise, and says it will give paramedics the pay increase they want. Has committed $60 million towards a biomedical research centre.
Coalition: Has committed a record $5.2 billion to skills and training, after facing Labor criticism for cutting TAFE budgets. Has spent $1.1 billion on school upgrades and new schools, saying Labor left a maintenance backlog.
Labor: Promised $510 million to rebuild government schools, and $120 million for independent and Catholic schools. Will build 10 new tech schools, and provide $320 million to help TAFEs.
Coalition: Promises GPS tracking of repeat family violence offenders. Has recruited 1800 new police officers, 100 more than promised in 2010. Final protective services officer deployments by mid-2015.
Labor: Will hold a royal commission into family violence. Has announced plans for new laws to deal with ice manufacturers and dealers. Will train 400 custody officers to supervise lockups, freeing up police.
Coalition: Promises to create 200,000 jobs in five years, with the East West Link construction a key part of that. Unemployment at 6.7 per cent – the highest of any mainland state. Will open Victorian government offices in Singapore and South America.
Labor: Has a $1 billion fund to create 100,000 jobs in two years, with level crossing removals helping create 10,000 jobs. Will open offices in Singapore, South America and Turkey.