Victorian election campaign officially underway

ABC Victoria: Victorian election campaign officially underway. Tue 4 Nov 2014, 11:32am

The Victorian election campaign has officially begun.

Premier Denis Napthine went to Government House yesterday to visit Governor Alex Chernov, who will issue the election writs for the November 29 poll today.

The move marked the official start of the campaign.

The Government said the election was about trust, while Labor said it had a plan for all Victorians.

Premier Denis Napthine said only the Coalition would grow opportunities in rural and regional Victoria.

He talked up his Government’s economic record.

“We had to get the basics right and the most important basic in any state government is financial management,” he said.

Labor leader Daniel Andrews said he would be campaigning across the state.

“I intend to campaign very hard in every community to make sure people know what we’re for and the things that we’ll do,” he said.

According to the latest Newspoll, the Opposition is leading the Government 54 to 46 on a two-party preferred basis.

Meanwhile, Dr Napthine said Portland-based Keppel Prince Engineering would be well-placed to secure work on the East West Link road project, if the Coalition was re-elected next month.

Keppel Prince is mothballing its wind tower division and axing 100 jobs, citing uncertainty in the renewable energy sector.

Dr Napthine said the Government would help retrenched workers retrain.

He also said Keppel Prince would be a contender for major infrastructure projects under a future Coalition government.

“They would be well placed to work on major projects like the East West Link, like the Melbourne Rail Link, like the Airport Rail Link, so there’s opportunities with our massive infrastructure program to create jobs and to create new opportunities for companies like Keppel Prince,” he said.

“Keppel Prince is certainly one of those firms who have great skills, great ability and they’ve certainly done national and projects across Victoria.

“They have great skills, great ability and a great workforce, so they’d very much be in the mix for contracts under the East West Link.”

However, Labor’s Jacinta Allan said the Premier should have fought harder for the wind energy sector to help save the jobs.

“Talking about projects that are in the pipeline, that are still some way off and still may not happen is not the answer to the jobs crisis that the Keppel Prince workers and their families are feeling right now,” she said.

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