18 DAYS TO GO:
PLEDGES: Labor: Compulsory driver education program for year 10 students. State road safety complex also part of the package. Coalition: More campaigning on its suite of initiatives from the Sunday campaign launch. Palmer United: Will retain the Port of Melbourne as publicly owned, given Labor and the Coalition plan to privatise the facility.
WHERE THEY WERE:
Premier Denis Napthine was in Dandenong, in Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs, promoting the government's new transport plan after appearing on Jon Faine's ABC program. Opposition LeaderDaniel Andrews also toured around Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs. Transport Minister Terry Mulder made a surprise call to Neil Mitchell's 3AW program.
Today: Eligible voters must enrol or update details by 8 o'clock tonight. Thursday: nominations close for registration of political parties. Upper house candidate deadline. Friday: nominations close for independent candidates. Ballot drawn. November 17: early voting begins. November 19: only scheduled election debate between Premier and Opposition Leader. November 29: official polling day.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
"My verdict with three weeks to go. Getting harder for Coalition but still in it," - veteran political journalist John Ferguson.
Ministers to lose seats at state election:
Photo albums have been dusted off and old snapshots have been uncovered by candidates standing for the South West Coast electorate. Labor's Roy Reekie is the first cab off the rank with photos from his early years to present day on The Standard's dedicated election website.
Each candidate nominating for the state election has to pay a $350 deposit. However, if the candidate dies before 6pm on election day, they still get their money back. Sounds highly unlikely but spare a thought for British Labour MP Alfred Dobbs. He was first elected as an MP at the 1945 general election and killed by a car the following morning.