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New parents in Victoria will get more postnatal support to care for their baby and the chance to take more parental leave if Labor is returned to government.

Labor has pledged $26.7 million in funding for postnatal support services, such as maternal and childhood health nurses, The Age reported on Monday.

Premier Daniel Andrews is also offering a $7 million payroll tax exemption to employers to encourage them to allow workers to take extra parental leave.

The Victorian election is just five days away.

Both major party leaders will ramp up their campaigns on Monday in a final push to secure votes ahead of Saturday’s polls.

Early voting is already underway and a total of 542,601 people have cast their vote so far.

The Victorian Electoral Commission expects this figure will rise to about two million – half of all eligible voters – before election day on November 24.

On Sunday Mr Andrews ruled out deals with the Greens if Labor failed to win a majority government, saying the party has a “toxic cultural problem” around women.

The national leader of the Greens, Senator Richard Di Natale, said he would not be drawn into a “slanging match” with Mr Andrews.

The war of words erupted last week when the Greens candidate for Footscray, Angus McAlpine, came under fire after it was revealed he once rapped about date rape and domestic violence.

Labor and the Greens are going head to head in some inner Melbourne seats, where the coalition has opted not to field candidates.

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