The opposition instead chose a completely different tactic on the penultimate day of the campaign, announcing its plan to lower the driving age to 17 if it wins government.
Premier Daniel Andrews told media in North Melbourne this morning “a vote for the Liberal Party is a vote to cancel big construction” and the jobs that come with it, warning that an incoming Liberal government would cut several projects in Victoria.
Mr Andrews said Melbourne was on course to be the biggest city in the country and investment, not cuts, was what was needed to keep the economy growing.
“If you borrow money to build the projects you need, that’s an investment,” he said.
“We will not deal with the challenges of the pandemic by shrinking our economy.”
Opposition Leader Matthew Guy has previously said his plans to overhaul major government projects will not result in job losses.
Andrews also attacked the Greens in his ongoing push for a “strong, stable Labor government”, saying the minor party is not “much better” than the Coalition.
Meanwhile, Guy made his sixth visit to Wodonga today to announce a plan to allow Victorians to get their P-plates at 17 instead of 18, bringing the state’s driving age in line with the rest of the country.
“Victorian kids are disadvantaged. They can’t drive to school, they can’t drive to work, they can’t drive to uni until they’re obviously 18. But now we’re lowering the age to 17, giving them the chance to do that ,” he said.
Guy was speaking in the seat of Benambra, which borders NSW and is held by the Liberals with just 2.6 per cent.
The gap is narrowing as the election closes
The difference in support for the major parties is smaller than ever, recent opinion polls show
Andrews acknowledged the narrowing polls today.
“All elections are close, always,” he told reporters.
He said “a handful of votes in a handful of seats” would determine Victoria’s next government.
Opinion polls suggest Labor is likely to secure 43 of the 45 seats needed to form government, although the party is expected to lose a dozen or so.
Meanwhile, the Coalition’s primary vote has risen five percentage points since it was recorded at 31 per cent in the latest Resolve Strategic Poll in October, putting the two parties level when it comes to primary voting.
On a two-party preferred basis, Labor is still ahead of the Coalition, but the gap has narrowed dramatically to 53-47.
Leaders addressed 100 undecided voters over the key election issues for an hour on Box Hill last night, with the Premier narrowly seen as the winner by the crowd.
38 of the 100 voters left the debate saying they would support Andrews, 34 said they would support Guy, and 28 said they were still undecided.