Voters ponder their choices at an early voting centre in Melbourne's CBD. (Photo: Helena Abdou)

Victoria votes: a war of promises

Victorians vote in the state election on Saturday November 24. What’s at stake – and what’s been promised by Labor, the Coalition and the Greens? Hatch’s Fatima Halloum and Helena Abdou break down the pitches.

CRIME

Labor:

  • Workplace manslaughter – new criminal offence in which employers can be fined almost $16 million for industrial deaths
  • Allow better public access to all 108 of the state’s 24-hour police stations by having 2 officers for counter service at all times

Liberals:

  • Mandatory minimum sentences for repeat violent criminals
  • An overhaul of bail system presumption of remand for those charged with violent offences; the introduction of ¬†“one strike and you’re out” policy for anyone breaching bail; and reinstatement of the offence of breaching bail by juveniles
  • The end of concurrent sentencing for violent offenders who breach parole and bail
  • The introduction of a Public Sex Offenders Register so Victorians can check any known risks in their neighbourhood
  • The introduction of a ‘Right to Know’ family violence disclosure scheme to empower people who may be at risk by assisting them to make informed decisions about their relationships
  • The introduction of a Police In Schools program to help youth respect and engage with police
  • A police shopfronts initiative to ensure a visible police presence at major shopping centres.
  • Policies to properly support victims of crime: increasing access to compensation including accessing the superannuation funds of the worst criminal offenders; funding victims support groups and outreach organisations; and ensuring victims have their voices heard in criminal justice
  • Boot camp for young offenders

Greens:

  • $200 million to lower crime rates
  • Fix the child protection system
  • Commit $132 million in additional funds to Legal Aid
  • Two new drug courts
  • Oppose mandatory sentencing
  • Work to address the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the prison system

HEALTH

Labor:

  • 10 new community hospitals
  • 1100 new nurses and midwives
  • Regional care closer to home
  • Backing paramedics
  • Royal commission into mental health
  • New Footscray public hospital
  • Frankston hospital redevelopment
  • Free dental care for all primary and secondary students

Liberals:

  • Free flu vaccines for all Victorian children between the age of 6 months and 5 years
  • $140 million to deliver community-based palliative care
  • Mandatory drug and alcohol treatment for young people whose offending or risky behaviour is a result of sever substance abuse

Greens:

  • Free ambulance cover for all Victorians
  • Invest $270 million in mental health
  • Increase funding to community health services ($500 million over the term)
  • Funding for hospitals to keep up with Victoria’s population growth
  • Fund healing places for the Aboriginal community to heal from the trauma of the Stolen Generation
  • Increase funding to community dental health services

EDUCATION

Labor:

  • Delivering more local schools
  • Kinder for every 3 year-old
  • New kinder build
  • Rebuilding Victoria’s TAFEs

Liberal:

  • ‘Back to basics’ approach to ensure kids can read, write and count
  • The introduction of a phonics check in Year One to identify students struggling with literacy and numeracy for early intervention
  • A policy to ban school children from using mobile phones during class times
  • Abolition of the political Safe Schools program to be replaced with an actual anti-bullying program targeting all aspects of discrimination
  • Free school books for high school students

Greens:

  • 70 per cent of funding will go to TAFEs
  • Free kindergarten
  • Increasing public school funding
  • Ensure schools are being funded properly especially for students with disabilities and learning needs

JOBS

Labor:

  • Protecting Victorians at work
  • Solar jobs in the Latrobe valley
  • Bringing Bollywood to Victoria
  • Protecting penalty rates

Liberals:

  • $67 million to the Country Fire Authority for new equipment, fixing up stations and new fire trucks
  • Jobs in the Latrobe Valley

Greens:

  • Create jobs in public transport, renewable energy, infrastructure and public housing
  • Expand the recycling industry to create more jobs
  • More jobs in the healthcare system and schools

TRANSPORT

Labor:

  • Removing 75 level crossings
  • Suburban rail loop
  • 11,000 more train station car parks
  • North East link
  • Airport rail

Liberals:

  • East West Link and North East Link
  • $4.1 billion to $5.3 billion infrastructure project to remove traffic lights and roundabouts at 55 of Melbourne and Geelong’s busiest and most dangerous intersections
  • $633 million investment in new long-haul V/Locity carriages for country rail

Greens

  • Ensure ‘turn up and go’ trains and trams across Melbourne so you won’t wait more than 10 minutes to get going where you want to go
  • Make cycling safe by building a Metropolitan Bike Network as a single project over four years across Melbourne

FAIRNESS

Labor:

  • Build new public housing
  • Saving with solar homes
  • More green spaces for community
  • Delivering for boaters and fishers

Liberals:

  • Allowing onshore conventional gas exploration and production to put downward pressure on gas prices
  • Scrap the Victorian Renewable Energy Target to curb electricity costs
  • An $80 million Brighter Futures fund to establish integrated children’s centres in Victoria’s most disadvantaged rural and regional areas
  • Living relief packages to cut the cost of living
  • Free car registration for red P plate drivers

Greens:

  • Build 40,000 new public housing homes
  • Stop the sale of public housing
  • Power Victoria by 100 per cent clean renewable energy by 2030 and lower prices by creating a government-owned electricity retailer
  • Protect Victoria’s forests and create the Great Forest National Park and stop logging in native forests