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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Andrews dumping tax concessions for struggling businesses in their time of need

01 July 2020

Daniel Andrews has today increased payroll tax for tens of thousands of Victorian businesses who are suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The payroll tax concession for payrolls under $3 million ended on 30 June and despite Victoria being the hardest hit by the virus, the Premier refuses to give businesses...

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Creswick sporting clubs get grants to kickstart women’s sport

26 June 2020

The Creswick Soccer Club will be able to start a women’s team, and the Mount Prospect and District Tennis Association will launch new sessions for women in part thanks to an Active Club Grant says Member for Ripon Louise Staley. The grants, each around $3,000, are part of VicHealth’s latest...

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Latest jobs figures show Labor neglecting Ballarat

25 June 2020

Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today show that over the last 12 months the unemployment rate in Ballarat has risen by more than any other region in Victoria. The May 2020 ABS Detailed Labour Force figures show that in Ballarat the unemployment rate has risen from...

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As Labor brawls Victorians are losing their jobs

18 June 2020

Almost 200,000 Victorians have lost their jobs while Daniel Andrews and his corrupt mates brawl over power in the Labor Party. Victoria’s unemployment rate has risen to 6.9 per cent in May, up from 6.0 per cent in April and 5.2 per cent in March 2020.  Victoria’s unemployment rate has...

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Liberal Nationals call on Andrews to let regional communities go back to work

05 June 2020

The Liberal Nationals are calling on the Andrews Government to allow people living in communities with no active COVID-19 cases to be allowed to return to work. This week in Parliament, the Leader of the Nationals, Peter Walsh, asked the Premier why were people living in regional Victoria being prevented...

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Labor denies and now admits recession

04 June 2020

Today in Parliament Question Time, Labor Treasurer Tim Pallas admitted that “if we are not in recession yet, we will be.” Yesterday’s National Accounts figures revealed that the Andrews Government has driven Victoria into recession, after two consecutive quarters of negative growth between October 2019 and March 2020, that’s pre-COVID...

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Victoria’s economy sinks into recession

03 June 2020

Victoria is the only state in the country to sink into recession, proving Daniel Andrews lost control of the budget well before the financial fallout from COVID-19 and the bushfires. Today’s National Accounts figures show Victoria’s economy shrinking by 0.1 per cent in the March quarter. With two consecutive negative...

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More jobs gone for Victorians

21 May 2020

The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ labour force release shows 132,200 fewer Victorians were employed from March to April as the COVID-19 lockdown wreaked havoc on Victorian jobs.More than 117,000 of Victorians losing employment were reported within greater Melbourne, with the Melbourne’s South-East (down 25,300), North-East (down 22,600) and West (down...

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Quarterly report paints Victoria’s grim economic picture

20 May 2020

Tonight’s release of the latest ANZ Stateometer report shows Victorians are experiencing some of the worst economic effects in the country following the state’s toughest COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. The report is not good news for homeowners or residential mum-and-dad investors with the state’s reliance on international tourism having weakened the housing market more...

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Education Minister confirms Labor’s “big borrow” to be spent on 2018 election commitments

18 May 2020

Labor’s Education Minister, James Merlino, has today at a Parliamentary Committee hearing admitted that Labor will be using some of the $24.5 billion of “pandemic” borrowings to fund school building election commitments from 2018. The admission that Labor’s “big borrow” will be spent funding election commitments from 2018 shows that...

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