Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews spent time campaigning at a school in Cranbourne.Buoyed by two positive poll results, it was a confident Daniel Andrews who hit the road for a final day of campaigning before D-day in the Victorian election.
Flanked by wife Cath, a familiar face late in the campaign, the Labor leader seemed relaxed in the company of happy children as he made another school-related promise.
If re-elected, he would double the amount of schools taking part in a free breakfast scheme plus throw in lunch too as part of a $58 million promise.
“We will not only double the number of schools that are part of the breakfast club program from 500 to 1000, we’re going to include lunch club, a second meal each and every school day, for those kids who without this program, would go hungry,” Mr Andrews told reporters at Cranbourne West Primary School.
The incumbent premier said about 10 per cent of children being served breakfasts through the program also do not have lunch and the participating schools would be selected according to need.
With Friday being White Ribbon Day, Mr Andrews also promised to continue working on the recommendations of the family violence royal commission.
In a separate announcement, Labor has promised to invest $4.6 million to provide another 10 full-time financial counsellors to help family violence victims negotiate with creditors and debt collectors, protect assets from repossession and access financial hardship programs.
Mr Andrews was in a calm and reflective mood on Friday, coinciding with the release of a uComms/ReachTEL poll, published by The Age, pointing to the government being returned to power with 54 per cent of the two-party preferred vote.
Labor is also ahead of the Liberal-Nationals coalition in a second poll published by the Herald-Sun and conducted by YouGov Galaxy, with a 53-47 per cent two-party preferred split.
Mr Andrews even paid respect for Opposition Leader Matthew Guy and the role of the press during the campaign.
“The leader of the opposition and I, we are away from our families like many people across Victoria. This can be a bruising business,” he said.
“Anyone who stands up in politics or in any other way for the things that they believe in, I have nothing but praise for them and all of us are involved in a process.”
More than 1.1 million people have voted early in the election.
“I would ask Victorians to vote for a local Labor candidate so we can continue to keep delivering for all Victorians,” said Mr Andrews, recommitting to a full term if voted back in to power.
“A handful of votes in a handful of seats can make the difference between getting things done or returning to a time when hospitals and services were cut.”
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