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Labor set to win Victorian election: poll

Daniel Andrews and Denis Napthine
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Victoria looks set to have a new Labor government by the weekend, with the Coalition government falling out of favour with voters, according to a new poll.

A Galaxy poll published in Friday’s Herald Sun shows Labor is on track to win Saturday’s election, ahead on a two-party-preferred basis, 52 points to 48.

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Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews has also closed in on Premier Denis Napthine as preferred leader, gaining eight points in the last week.

Premier Napthine is still preferred premier, but only leads by a narrow margin of 41 per cent to 38 per cent.

East West Link still a winner

John Howard Denis Napthine
Former prime minister John Howard campaigning this week. Photo: AAP

However, the majority of Victorians still want the East West Link to be built, despite Labor promising to rip-up the contracts if elected.

Sixty per cent of voters said the want the road built, including 48 per cent of Labor voters.

In a win for Labor, its policy costings have been approved by the former head of the Kennett and Howard Government’s Commissions of Audit, Professor Bob Officer.

The party has promised no news taxes, and says it has a contingency plan to cover any potential compensation payments for the cancellation of the East West Link.

Newspapers endorse Napthine

Both the Herald Sun and The Age have thrown their support behind Dr Napthine and the Coalition government.

In an editorial called ‘dangerous time to change’, the Herald Sun raised concerns over Mr Andrew’s silence on union corruption.

In their editorial, The Age said the Coalition had the best policies for the state, including the controversial East West Link project, which Mr Andrews promises to scrap.

Howard, Bracks hit the road

On Friday, Dr Napthine and Mr Andrews were furiously campaigning around Melbourne.

Former Victorian premier Steve Bracks and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten both joined Mr Andrews on the campaign trail, while former prime minister John Howard and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop have endorsed Premier Napthine.

The absence of Prime Minister Tony Abbott during campaigning has raised questions, with Mr Bracks saying this was the first election campaign he had seen where a prime minister had not been involved.

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