Greens poll strongly in Labor seats as Liberal preferences threaten to shake up Victorian parliament

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Free condoms in high schools and subsidised contraceptive pills across the state are the latest proposals from the Victorian Greens as part of an increasingly confident push to hold the balance of power.

The plan would see the out-of-pocket cost of contraceptive pills, intra-uterine devices (IUD) and hormonal implants on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme subsidised by Victoria at a cost of up to $10 million over four years.

Another $11.5 million would go towards free condoms at secondary schools, IUD insertion subsidies at GP clinics, and increased access for migrant women to sexual and reproductive health.

“With the rising cost of living at the moment, the last thing we want people cutting corners on is important contraception,” Victorian Greens health spokesperson Tim Read said.

Greens buoyed by positive polling

In the lead-up to the election, the Greens have put forward a long list of ambitious proposals — including free public transport for under 21-year-olds — buoyed by recent polling suggesting that the party could win five lower house seats.



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