Victorians should decide who they trust to manage the state’s finances, Premier Denis Napthine says.
Before a visit to Government House to officially start the election campaign, Dr Napthine’s pitch to voters centred heavily on his government’s budget record.
“Victorians will ask who they can trust – who they can trust to keep our finances in order,” Dr Napthine told reporters on Monday.
He said the coalition had delivered a budget surplus, while Labor left the state in debt in 2010 after controversial contracts for the myki transport cards and the Wonthaggi desalination plant.
“Victorians have a clear choice,” he said.
Dr Napthine is due to visit Government House at 11am.
The premier refused to comment on another opinion poll that puts the coalition in a losing position going into the November 29 election.
A Newspoll released on Monday had Labor ahead 54-46 per cent on a two-party preferred basis, consistent with a number of other recent polls.
When asked to name a specific issue he wanted to fix in Victoria if he was returned as premier, Dr Napthine chose traffic congestion.
“We need to improve public transport and improve roads,” he said.
Dr Napthine said the government spent its first couple of years getting the budget under control before delivering plans for major projects such as the East West Link.
He brushed off questions about the election presence of Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who has been criticised as a negative influence on the coalition’s chances.
“I’ll be running my campaign in my way,” he said.