Elections in Victoria: There will be a massive change in driving rules if Matthew Guy’s Liberals win the election
The age at which Victorians can get their driver’s license would be lowered to 17 if the coalition wins the upcoming state election.
Currently, only those aged 18 and over can get their probationary license in Victoria and the change would bring the state’s traffic rules into line with the rest of Australia.
According to Shadow Police Minister Brad Battin, shaking up the permit would particularly benefit young Victorians living along the NSW border.
“By lowering the driving age, we open up a world of work and study opportunities for 17-year-olds,” said Mr Battin.
Driver’s license age will be lowered to 17 if Matthew Guy’s Coalition wins state election on November 26
According to Shadow Police Minister Brad Battin, shaking up the license would particularly benefit young Victorians living along the NSW border. “By lowering the driving age, we open up a world of work and study opportunities for 17-year-olds,” said Mr Battin (stock image)
It comes as Victoria’s main parties were due to release charges for their election pledges two days after polling day.
Treasurer Tim Pallas will provide an update at approximately 1:00 PM AEDT on Thursday.
So far Labor has pledged $12 billion, while the Liberals and Nationals have pledged $28 billion, according to the parliamentary budget office.
The Victorian Greens announced $37 billion in pledges during the campaign.
Labor has pledged to upgrade at least seven hospitals, including a new Maroondah Hospital for $1.05 billion and has earmarked $855 million for the refurbishment of the Northern Hospital.
Other major commitments include a $1 billion regional rail package and $1 billion in renewable energy projects overseen by a public electricity commission.
Key coalition pledges include $2.4 billion to upgrade The Alfred and a $1 billion clean hydrogen strategy.
It has vowed to scrap the first phase of the $35b Suburban Rail Loop and send the money to health instead.
The Coalition in Victoria has vowed to scrap the $35b Suburban Rail Loop (pictured) and instead send the money to health if elected on Saturday
Victoria has allocated $85.3 billion to major projects over four years, which is almost 23 percent of total government spending, according to Infrastructure Partnerships Australia.
“We need to build, we need to grow, we need to keep people in work,” Prime Minister Daniel Andrews told reporters on Thursday, flanked by artisans, nurses and child workers.
He said the Liberals’ plan to suspend the Suburban Rail Loop to divert funding to the health system was not viable.
What will soon become Australia’s largest city will be choked by traffic. That’s not an answer,” he said.
Labor has declined to provide an updated estimate of the full cost for all three phases of the 90-kilometer rail loop after indicating it could cost up to $50 billion in 2018.
Nearly 1.4 million people had already cast their ballots at early voting centers on Wednesday, and just under 200,000 mailed votes have been received.
A new Roy Morgan poll predicts Daniel Andrews’ Labor party will form government on Saturday night, but with a smaller majority
Meanwhile, a new Roy Morgan poll predicts Labor will form a government on Saturday night, but with a reduced majority.
The quick text poll released Wednesday evening predicts a 2.3 per cent swing from Labour, but the party still leads the coalition on the two-party preference vote – 38 per cent to 32.5 per cent.
RedBridge analysis of recent polls says Labor is likely to win between 41 and 48 seats, with a strong possibility for a 43-seat minority government.
The coalition could win back the Bayswater, Ripon, Ashwood and Box Hill seats, RedBridge director Kos Samaras told AAP.
The Greens could also take over the Labor-held seat of Richmond.
“There is still a possibility (Labour) of forming a majority government, but the chance of a minority government is much greater now than at the start of the campaign,” Samaras said.
There will be no more election ads on television and radio until the end of the polls, with a blackout starting at midnight on Wednesday.
Ads can still run online and in print media.