Poll gives Vic Labor election-winning lead

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Herald Sun: Poll gives Vic Labor election-winning lead. 18 August 2014

The Victorian government is trailing Labor by four percentage points, according to a new poll. Source: AAP

Victorian Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews says the latest poll results show the state government should not be signing the East West Link deal.

The Galaxy/Herald Sun poll shows the opposition has a 52-48 per cent lead 103 days before the state election, and that most Victorians prefer Labor’s plan to eradicate the 50 worst level crossings to the East West Link road.

The government has played down the poll and says it shows Dr Napthine is still the preferred premier ahead of Mr Andrews, 41-33 per cent.
But Mr Andrews says the government is not listening to the people.

“This poll confirms what so many Victorians already know,” Mr Andrews told reporters on Monday.

“Denis Napthine has no authority to sign contracts for his dud East West tunnel. Instead he should take that project to the Victorian election and let Victorians decide.”

Mr Andrews said Dr Napthine could build the tunnel if he won the November 29 poll, while a Labor government would spend the money on public transport.

But Victorian Treasurer Michael O’Brien said a coalition government would do more than build the East West Link.

“This government is not making Victorians choose between major investments in road, public transport and level crossings,” he told reporters.

“This government is doing all of these things. We’ve either removed, are removing, or have got funding for the planning of the removal of 40 level crossings across Melbourne, and we’re building East West Link, and we’re building an airport rail link.”

Mr O’Brien said Prime Minister Tony Abbott was welcome to visit during the campaign, even though the poll showed a third of Victorians were less likely to vote Liberal because of Mr Abbott.

Mr O’Brien said the controversy over the federal budget did not help, but he said the federal government had provided a lot of support for the state’s infrastructure program.

“We’d certainly like to see some clarification from the federal government in terms of its own budget. I think the more people are talking about the federal budget and the longer it drags on, it’s probably unhelpful for the country,” he said.

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