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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Gold tax puts Stawell jobs on shaky ground

26 June 2019

Member for Ripon and Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley MP this week visited the Stawell Goldmine to discuss the impact of the Andrews Labor Government’s new gold mining tax on local jobs.  Ms Staley and Shadow Resources Minister Ryan Smith met with Campbell Olsen, CEO and Troy Cole, General Manager of...

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Grants to help women and girls to get active in Ripon

25 June 2019

VicHealth grants will create more opportunities for women and girls in Stawell and Creswick to become more active by participating in sport. The Stawell Soccer Club and the Creswick Football Netball Club have both been successful in their applications for Active Club Grants. Stawell Soccer Club will receive $3,000 for...

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Animal Justice Party’s Andy Meddick backs Labor in axing CFA

24 June 2019

Last week, former CFMEU member and friend of the Labor Party, Andy Meddick voted with the Andrews Labor Government to pass legislation to break up the CFA and risk the safety of all Victorians. Daniel Andrews waited to bring this bill before the Parliament after the federal election –knowing the...

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Roads Minister confirms Western Highway Duplication project “not a priority”

13 June 2019

Yesterday in Budget estimates hearings Roads Minister Jaala Pulford said the State Government has not provided funding to match $360 million in Federal Government funding for the Western Highway (Ararat to Stawell) Duplication Project because it is not a priority of the Labor Government.  Under questioning yesterday the Minister said...

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Valuable police resources wasted on Labor’s vacuous political stunt

13 June 2019

Victoria Police have today revealed that they will not take any further action into a State Labor complaint about the Coalition’s use of taxpayer funds and electorate officer resources. Following a ten month investigation, senior Victoria Police detectives today confirmed no offences have been identified and no further action will...

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Murray Basin Rail out of money and on hold

13 June 2019

Under Daniel Andrews and Labor, the Murray Basin Rail Project is in disarray. During a Budget Estimates hearing in Melbourne on Wednesday, Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan belatedly admitted the project she has botched is now out of money and cannot be completed without additional funding The transformational Murray Basin...

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Gold tax puts local jobs on shaky ground

11 June 2019

Member for Ripon, Louise Staley MP today visited the Ballarat Goldmine to discuss the impact of the Andrews Labor Government’s new gold mining tax on local jobs. Ms Staley met with Stephen Jeffers, General Manager of Castlemaine Goldfields, who runs the Ballarat mine. Mr Jeffers has been an outspoken about...

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Western Victorian Cross Bench MPs must support their volunteer firefighters

04 June 2019

Today the Andrews Labor Government released the 2019 version of their Bill to break apart the CFA and to deny cancer compensation to most volunteer firefighters. Across Western Victoria, almost all CFA brigades are 100% volunteer, so this legislation makes them second class citizens when it comes to cancer compensation....

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Andrews Government must deliver for Ripon students

04 June 2019

Member for Ripon Louise Staley has demanded that the Andrews Government delivers on three much needed school projects in Ripon.   On Monday, Education Minister James Merlino announced the opening of applications for the first round of the Non-Government Schools Capital Fund.   Ms Staley said it was critical that...

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Labor’s new Mining Tax will cost local jobs

28 May 2019

Member for Ripon Louise Staley has described the Andrews Government’s latest Mining Tax as a cruel blow to local jobs. Despite previously promising no new taxes, the Andrews Government yesterday announced a 2.75 per cent Gold Royalty. The new tax will severely impact mining operations in Stawell, Central Victoria and...

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