With the ban on electronic election advertising to kick in at midnight tonight, the Australian Financial Review reports that Labor’s spending on television advertising has been "more than double" that of the Liberal Party, which has struggled to raise money from corporate backers due to the apparent certainty of its impending defeat. Nonetheless, the Herald Sun reports that Centrebet has cut its price for a Coalition victory from $9 to $6.50 following Ted Baillieu’s well-received performance on the campaign trail.
Melbourne (Labor 1.9% versus Greens), Richmond (Labor 3.1% versus Greens) and Northcote (Labor 7.9% versus Greens): Following Monday’s leak of alarming party polling regarding the threat from the Greens in Melbourne, Labor has attempted to shore up its environmental credentials by having Peter Garrett hit the campaign trail in the party’s endangered inner-city seats. Labor has also distributed a letter by prominent human rights lawyer Julian Burnside to voters in Richmond, in which Burnside praises member Richard Wynne’s stand on refugee issues. Interestingly, Richmond voters have been spared a letter from Garrett, which has instead been circulated in Melbourne and Northcote. The Australian reports that Garrett’s letter echoes the party’s questionable line that a vote for the Greens might deliver government to the Liberals, despite the certainty that any Greens members holding the balance of power would support a Labor rather than Coalition minority government.
South West Coast (Liberal 0.8%), Hastings (Labor 0.9%) and Morwell (Labor 4.9%): Labor has seized on the federal government’s review of nuclear power options to promise it will stop any move to build a nuclear power station in Portland, which left-wing think tank the Australia Institute identified along with Westernport Bay as one of the two best available sites in Victoria. However, Ziggy Switkowski’s report has stressed the need for any potential reactors to be sited near major population centres, so the most likely contenders would be either Hastings on Westernport Bay or co-location with existing coal-fired plants in the Latrobe Valley.
Gippsland South (Nationals 10.9%): Following yesterday’s report that Labor was "considering" reversing its decision to direct preferences to the Liberals ahead of the Nationals in Shepparton, the ABC today reports that the party has confirmed it will do likewise in Nationals leader Peter Ryan’s seat of Gippsland South. Labor registered two sets of cards with the Victorian Electoral Commission last Friday, and is keeping its opponents guessing as to which will be distributed on polling day. Nothing has been reported on the other potentially endangered Nationals seats, Rodney, Swan Hill and Lowan.