PM joins Vic Premier in final days of election campaign

Premier Daniel Andrews (left) and the Liberals' Matthew Guy will lock horns in a televised debate on Tuesday.

Premier Daniel Andrews (left) and the Liberals' Matthew Guy will lock horns in a televised debate on Tuesday. Photo: AAP

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has made a surprise visit to join Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews on the election campaign trail five days before voters decide on their next state government.

Posting photos to social media on Monday morning, Mr Albanese thanked volunteers at a Caulfield polling booth and said Mr Andrews was building a better future for all Victorians.

It came as controversy surrounds two candidates, with policy taking a back seat to politics at the weekend.

The Liberal Party distanced itself from upper house hopeful Renee Heath on Saturday after it was revealed she was part of a controversial church accused of promoting gay-conversion therapy.

Ms Heath will not sit in the Liberal party room if elected but it was too late to disendorse her, Opposition Leader Matthew Guy said.

He also denied the party was told weeks ago about Ms Heath’s links to the City Builders Church, saying his state director acted appropriately during the pre-selection process.

Another Liberal candidate, Timothy Dragan, also apologised after recordings of his comments against Indigenous Australians, abortion and climate change were leaked.

Mr Guy said he accepted Mr Dragan’s apology and would take no further action, arguing the public wanted to focus on issues that mattered to them.

“Victorians are asking very clearly about health and cost of living,” he saod on Sunday. “They’re not asking me about other matters.”

Premier Daniel Andrews will continue his policy push on Monday after announcing another $584 million for early childhood education at the weekend.

With Labor also under a corruption cloud, Mr Andrews said he was only interested in promoting his “positive and optimistic plan” for Victoria.

“We’re very proud to put that to the Victorian community,” the premier said on Sunday. “The community will make their judgment.”

Mr Guy is expected to continue his tour of eight regions in eight days on Monday.

The Liberal leader and Mr Andrews will then lock horns in a televised debate on Tuesday night, fielding questions from 100 undecided voters.


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