Media Releases

Jobs drought continues in North West

30 August 2017

Member for Ripon, Louise Staley says drastic action is needed to reverse Daniel Andrew’s jobs disappearing act in North West Victoria.

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Daniel Andrews rips off country taxi users

07 September 2016

Ripon MP, Louise Staley has accused the Andrews Labor Government of ripping off country taxi passengers, who face a hike in taxi fees to fund the legalisation of Uber in Melbourne.

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Gagging Liberal MP’s will not end CFA dispute

25 August 2016

Ripon MP, Louise Staley has warned the Andrews Government that stopping local MP’s from speaking at CFA functions will not end the State Government's dispute with the CFA.

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Ararat Freight Hub is 18 months overdue

15 August 2016

Ripon MP Louise Staley has slammed the Andrews Government for dragging its heels on the Ararat Freight Hub project.

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Liberals to invest $20 million on rural level crossings

11 August 2016

Member for Ripon, Louise Staley will fight to ensure all level crossings on the reopening Maryborough-Ararat Railway line are upgraded as part of the Victorian Liberals $20 Million commitment to make level crossings safer.

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Ambulance figures blow out in Ripon

05 August 2016

Ripon MP Louise Staley has called on the State Government to take action following another blowout in Ambulance response times.

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Victoria will be a more expensive place to live from tomorrow

30 June 2016

Ripon MP Louise Staley has said Lucas, Miners Rest, Mitchell Park and other areas in the City of Ballarat region are going to be more expensive places to live from tomorrow due to the Andrews Labor Government increasing a whole range of government fees, fines and charges as of July...

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Country crime rates continue to climb

16 June 2016

Ripon MP, Louise Staley has demanded the Andrews Government properly resource Victoria’s over-worked police officers as crime rates in the Central Goldfields region.

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Country Crime rates continue to climb

16 June 2016

Ripon MP, Louise Staley has demanded the Andrews Government properly resource Victoria’s over-worked police officers as crime rates continue to climb in the Ararat region.

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Consulting with communities about kinders for St Arnaud

14 June 2016

The State of local kindergarten and childcare services was on the agenda recently with Member for Ripon Louise Staley being joined by Shadow Minister for Families Georgie Crozier as they embarked on a series of visits to kindergartens in the St Arnaud region.

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Labor’s incompetence causes Victoria’s unemployment to skyrocket while the rest of Australia recovers

17 September 2020

Victorians are suffering the cruel effects of Daniel Andrews’ second wave of coronavirus with today’s ABS Labour Force figures showing that Victoria lost 42,400 jobs in August. Half of these job losses have been are Victorians under the age of 25, young people who are at risk of long term unemployment due...

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New VicHealth Funding to support Ripon in local health recovery

17 September 2020

Local community groups in Ripon can now apply for funding to assist in their local health recovery from theCOVID-19 pandemic, says Member for Ripon Louise Staley. VicHealth has announced $2.5 million in new funding to support local organisations to address theimmediate health and wellbeing concerns of Victorians hardest hit by...

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Vacant Land Tax suspended after call from Liberal Nationals

10 September 2020

The Andrews Labor Government has succumbed to pressure from the Liberal Nationals and announced it is suspending the Vacant Residential Land Tax for 2020. Last month the Liberal Nationals called for this tax grab to be halted for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tax, imposed on properties in...

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Victorians keep losing jobs while the rest of the country recovers

08 September 2020

Figures released by the ABS today show that Victorians are continuing to lose jobs, while at the same time, the rest of Australia has started to recover from the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Payroll jobs data for the month up to 22 August shows that in Victoria...

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Dan fails country Victoria’s economic recovery

06 September 2020

Today’s announcement by Daniel Andrews says the trigger to move to the “Last Step” restrictions is no new COVID cases for 14 days across the whole of Victoria (including Metropolitan Melbourne). 31 country local government areas have not had a new case for at least two weeks, and three local...

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Daniel Andrews wreaks permanent damage on the Victorian economy

06 September 2020

Today’s announcement by Daniel Andrews of his “roadmap to recovery” is instead a chart to collapse. Instead of ways to get Victorians back to work, the Premier has outlined no real changes to the near-total shutdown of the economy until at least late October. Major business groups have slammed the...

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Liberal Nationals call on Andrews Government to suspend vacant land tax

26 August 2020

The Liberal Nationals are calling on the Andrews Labor Government to suspend the Vacant Residential Land Tax for 2020. The tax, imposed on properties in inner and middle Melbourne that are vacant for six months in any calendar year, was introduced by the Andrews Labor Government in 2017. This affects...

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More job pain for Victoria as second wave hits

25 August 2020

Payroll jobs data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today has painted a grim picture for Victorian businesses following the hit to the economy caused by Labor’s bungled hotel quarantine program.   The number of payroll jobs in Victoria has fallen 7.8 per cent since the pandemic began...

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Job vacancies plummet in Victoria due to the second wave

20 August 2020

The latest labour market numbers show that Victoria was the only state to suffer a fall in total job advertisements in July, as the second wave of COVID-19 hit the state.  According to the National Skills Commission, while every other state had an increase in job advertisements in July, Victoria’s fell by...

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The Victorian economy hit hard by the second wave

18 August 2020

Every day new economic data is released showing that the Victorian economy has been hit the hardest by the harsh lockdowns put on Victorians caused by the bungled hotel quarantine debacle. Today Sensis business confidence figures show that Melbourne small and medium businesses are worried about the future, with 38...

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