Victoria Election: A big change in driving rules is coming if Matthew Guy’s Liberals win the election
The age at which Victorians can get their license would be lowered to 17 if the Coalition wins the next state election.
Currently, only those over the age of 18 can get their probationary license in Victoria and the change would bring the state’s road rules in line with the rest of Australia.
The license shakeup would particularly benefit young Victorians living along the NSW border, according to Shadow Police Minister Brad Battin.
“By lowering the driving age, we are opening up a world of work and study opportunities for 17-year-olds,” said Mr. Battin.
The age at which Victorians can get their license would be lowered to 17 if Matthew Guy’s Coalition wins the state election on November 26.
The license shakeup would particularly benefit young Victorians living along the NSW border, according to Shadow Police Minister Brad Battin. “By lowering the driving age, we are opening up a world of work and study opportunities for 17-year-olds,” said Mr Battin (file image)
It comes as Victoria’s main parties were set to publish the costs of their election pledges two days before Election Day.
Treasurer Tim Pallas will provide an update at 1 pm AEDT on Thursday.
Labor has so far made pledges worth $12 billion, while the Liberals and Nationals have pledged $28 billion, according to Parliament’s Budget Office.
The Victorian Greens announced $37 billion worth of pledges during the campaign.
Labor has pledged to upgrade at least seven hospitals, including a new Maroondah Hospital for $1.05b, and has earmarked $855 million to renovate Northern Hospital.
Other major pledges include a $1 billion regional rail package and $1 billion in renewable energy projects overseen by a publicly owned State Electricity Commission.
The coalition’s top pledges include $2.4 billion to upgrade The Alfred and a $1 billion clean hydrogen strategy.
He has pledged to scrap stage one of the $35 billion Suburban Rail Loop and redirect the money toward healthcare.
The coalition in Victoria has vowed to scrap the $35bn Suburban Rail Loop (pictured) and redirect money towards healthcare if elected on Saturday.
Victoria has allocated $85.3 billion to major projects over four years, representing almost 23% of total government spending, according to Infrastructure Partnerships Australia.
“We need to build, we need to grow, we need to keep people working,” Prime Minister Daniel Andrews told reporters on Thursday, flanked by professionals, nurses and early childhood workers.
He said the Liberals’ plan to shelve the Suburban Rail Loop to redirect funds to healthcare was not viable.
‘The soon to be Australia’s largest city will be clogged with traffic. That’s not an answer,’ she said.
Labor has declined to provide an updated estimate of the total cost of the three stages of the 90-kilometre orbital rail loop after stating it would cost as much as $50 billion in 2018.
Nearly 1.4 million people had already cast their ballots at early voting centers as of Wednesday, and just under 200,000 mail-in ballots have been received.
A new Roy Morgan poll predicts Daniel Andrews’ Labor Party will form a government on Saturday night but with a slim majority
Meanwhile, a new Roy Morgan poll predicts Labor will form a government on Saturday night, but with a slim majority.
The instant SMS poll released on Wednesday night predicts a 2.3 percent drift away from Labour, but the party still leads the coalition in the bipartisan vote preference: 38 percent to 32.5 percent.
RedBridge’s analysis of recent polls says Labor is likely to win between 41 and 48 seats, with a strong chance of a 43-seat minority government.
The coalition could win back the Bayswater, Ripon, Ashwood and Box Hill seats, RedBridge director Kos Samaras told the AAP.
The Greens could also win Labor’s Richmond seat.
“There is still a chance that (Labour) will form a majority government, but now a minority government is a much higher chance than at the start of the campaign,” Samaras said.
There will be no more election ads on television and radio until the polls close, with a blackout taking effect from midnight on Wednesday.
Ads can still be posted online and in print media.