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Labor confirms $7.5b budget deficit for 2019/20

Tim Pallas this morning confirmed that the State Budget will be $7.5 billion in deficit for the financial year 2019-20.

This comes just one week after ABS figures revealed 169,000 Victorians had lost their jobs since March.

Figures released by the Department of Treasury and Finance earlier this year confirmed that Victoria’s budget has been in deficit since 2019 and that the Victorian economy was in recession before the introduction of restrictions in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since then, Daniel Andrews’ hotel quarantine mess has caused a second outbreak, meaning that Victoria’s recession will be deeper and more painful for struggling Victorian families trying to make ends meet.

Victoria was already paying for Labor’s economic mismanagement before COVID-19 hit. Now thanks to Labor’s bungling, more will be out of work, and Victorians will be paying off Labor’s debt for much longer.

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley:

“This morning’s budget announcement has confirmed Labor’s budget mess.

“While other states continue with their economic recovery, the budget mess and recession that Labor got Victoria into before COVID-19, will now last longer due to Labor’s mismanagement of hotel quarantine.

“This means that more Victorians will find themselves out of work and Victorian taxpayers will get whacked with a massive debt bill that will take them decades to repay.

“Victoria needs a government with a plan to get the budget back into shape and get Victorians back to work and back in business.”

Media contact:   Tineka Everaardt   0408 210 293   Tineka.Everaardt@opposition.vic.gov.au


Unemployment rises to 22-year high

There has been a third consecutive rise in unemployment in Victoria, according to today’s unemployment figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The unemployment figure for June in Victoria was 7.5 per cent, up from 6.9 per cent in May and 5.2 per cent in March, when COVID-19 restrictions were first introduced.

In the last month Victoria’s unemployment rate has surpassed the national figure of 7.4 per cent and surged past the best comparable state economy of NSW figure of 6.9 per cent.

Just under 169,000 jobs have been lost since March in Victoria, with more to come after the reintroduction of restrictions in July.

Victoria’s unemployment rate of 7.5 per cent is the highest it has been since November 1998.

Unemployment will continue to grow thanks to Victoria’s second lockdown.  The Andrews Labor Government must do more to assist struggling businesses, that are in this position because of Daniel Andrews’ hotel quarantine mess. 

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley:

 “169,000 fewer Victorians had a job in June and that’s before a second lockdown for metropolitan Melbourne, needed to stop out of control community transmission from Victorian Labor’s mismanagement of hotel quarantine.

“We already know Victoria was in recession before this pandemic hit, due to Labor’s economic mismanagement. Today’s unemployment numbers prove Victorian workers and their families are experiencing higher unemployment rates than NSW or nationally.

“The Andrews Labor Government’s insufficient support package shows it doesn’t understand what’s needed to help businesses survive.  The Liberal Nationals have a clear plan to get Victorians back in work and back in business.”

Media contact:   Tineka Everaardt   0408 210 293   Tineka.Everaardt@opposition.vic.gov.au


Labor sells small business short as restrictions hit hard

The latest offering of support from the Andrews Labor Government falls woefully short of what Victorian small businesses need to get them through the second round of lockdowns.

A $5,000 grant won’t go far enough to ensure owners can survive six weeks of reimposed Stage 3 restrictions.

And many small businesses won’t qualify at all - considering they need to have employees, be registered for WorkCover and already be on JobKeeper.

The Andrews Labor Government has also deferred payroll tax payments for another six months, rather than what the Liberal Nationals have called for, which is to exempt the first $10 million of payroll entirely.

ABS data released today shows payroll jobs in Victoria decreased by 6.6 per cent since mid-March, the most significant fall of any state or territory in Australia.

This includes a 1.3 per cent fall in the last week of June, prior to the reintroduction of tougher Stay at Home COVID-19 restrictions over a majority of Victoria’s population. By contrast, over the same period, payroll jobs in NSW only declined by 0.3 per cent.

Last week Treasurer Tim Pallas said he thinks the economy might take three full years to recover. Victorian small businesses need a government committed to helping them get back on their feet as soon as possible rather than waving a giant white flag.

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley:

“While the Andrews Labor Government braces Victorians for three years of economic hell, it’s offering to small businesses just isn’t enough to ensure more jobs and livelihoods are not lost.

“Why is the Andrews Labor Government not fully supporting businesses?  After all it was Daniel Andrews’ hotel quarantine bungle which led to a second wave and lockdown.

“Victoria deserves a government that’s genuinely committed to supporting small business and getting the economy going again as soon as it is safe.”

Media contact:   Tineka Everaardt   0408 210 293   Tineka.Everaardt@opposition.vic.gov.au


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

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 a break. 

It’s a horror move as 200,000 Victorians have already lost their jobs in the past two months.  How many more workers will become unemployed after this devastating blow?

The Andrews Labor Government will now take up to 4.85 per cent payroll tax from Victorian businesses. A business with a payroll of under $3 million, could pay in excess of $100,000 in payroll tax over the course of 2020-21.  Many simply cannot afford it right now and the Premier’s callous move could force them to shut up shop. 

The Premier’s decision to scrap these vital concessions also provides a disincentive for businesses to hire, meaning Victorians who’ve been laid off will suffer as well.

In May, the Liberal Nationals called on Daniel Andrews to raise the payroll tax threshold so that businesses don’t pay this tax on the first $10 million of payroll in the 2020-21 financial year.  A Michael O’Brien-led Liberal Nationals government will ensure that businesses are supported, so that our economy can survive and thrive. 

Businesses are the last thing on Daniel Andrews’ mind.  We have seen the results of Labor’s mismanagement of this state in recent weeks. A spike in COVID-19 cases, now connected to a failure of hotel quarantine, has meant many Victorian businesses who were preparing to open, cannot do so. For businesses in the locked down areas, they are right back where they were in March and April, after starting to get back to some sort of normality.

It’s clear that struggling businesses still desperately need relief from payroll tax. We call on Daniel Andrews to extend concessions immediately, so businesses can continue to operate and keep employing Victorians.

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley:

“The events of the last few weeks have reminded everyone that this outbreak is far from over. Businesses all over Victoria continue to do it tough and those in the locked down parts of Melbourne face incredible difficulties.

“The Liberal Nationals call on the Premier to extend payroll tax concessions. Our Back to Work and Back in Business plan includes payroll tax relief on the first $10 million of payroll for all of the 2020-21 financial year.

“We need to be making it easier for businesses to survive and to start creating jobs. Daniel Andrews needs to extend the payroll tax concessions and do it now.”

 Media contact:   Tineka Everaardt   0408 210 293   Tineka.Everaardt@opposition.vic.gov.au


Creswick sporting clubs get grants to kickstart women’s sport

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 round of Active Club Grants, which support community sporting clubs provide a wide range of opportunities for women and girls to become active through sport.

“I am very pleased to see these grants going to sporting clubs in Creswick who want to get more women and girls involved in sport,” Ms Staley said.

“The Creswick Soccer Club will be able to field a women’s team, with the grant going towards covering many of the associated costs, such as equipment, uniforms and affiliation costs, and promoting the new team to attract new players.”

“Opportunities for women and girls to play senior soccer in this area are limited, so it is vitally important that clubs that try to get women and girls involved are supported and encouraged.

For the Mount Prospect and District Tennis Association, the grant will go to enable them to run sessions under Tennis Australia’s Open Court program, which is a modified program for women aged between 15 and 25 aimed at building skills and confidence in tennis.

“These grants provide vital support to sporting clubs, so I congratulate the Creswick Soccer Club and the Mount Prospect and District Tennis Association for being awarded these grants.”

VicHealth Active Club Grants are awarded twice a year and provide sports clubs with two tiers of funding (up to $3,000 or up to $10,000) to support more people to be physically active.


Latest jobs figures show Labor neglecting Ballarat

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 1.7 per cent in May 2019 to 7.1 per cent in May 2020. Ballarat’s unemployment rate is now above the national average of 6.9 per cent.

Since restrictions were imposed as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak in March, 6,000 workers in Ballarat have lost their jobs.

Comments Attributable to the Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley:

“These figures paint a grim picture for those looking for work in Ballarat.

“The unemployment rate in Ballarat was rising before the outbreak. Since then more than 6,000 people have lost their jobs. The Andrews Labor Government didn’t have a plan for regional employment before COVID-19, and they still don’t.

“Ballarat and the surrounding areas have had very few COVID-19 cases, and currently have no active cases. But with more and more people losing their jobs, it’s more important than ever that restrictions are eased in regional areas like Ballarat so we can get people back in work and back in business.

Media contact:   Tineka Everaardt   0408 210 293   Tineka.Everaardt@opposition.vic.gov.au


As Labor brawls Victorians are losing their jobs

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 increased significantly over the past year - the worst of any state, up 2.3 per cent since May 2019. 

In May, there were 198,700 fewer people in employment than there were two months earlier in March 2020. 

There are 70,800 fewer people employed in Victoria compared to last month. This is the largest number of people who have lost their jobs in any state in the country last month. 

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley: 

“Daniel Andrews is focusing on factional brawls in the Labor Party instead of Victorians and their jobs. 

“Today’s ABS Labour Force Statistics show Victoria’s unemployment rate rise over the past years is worse than any other state. 

“The 200,000 Victorians who have lost their jobs urgently need a government that is focused on getting our state back to work and not infighting.”

Media contact:   Joshua Morris   0409 931 430   joshua.morris@opposition.vic.gov.au


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

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 from going back to work, especially those who lived in areas of Victoria where there are no active cases of COVID-19.

When the Premier formalised the requirement for Victorians to work from home if they could last week, he stated that a crowded public transport system would pose an unacceptable risk to public health. He also said that if people then drove to work, the roads network would grind to a halt.

This does not apply to most people who live and work in regional Victoria, as they rely on their private vehicles to travel to and from their workplaces. Many also do not work in office environments.

Considering the efforts that regional Victorians have made to successfully stop the spread of COVID-19, it is time to enable them to get back to work by lifting restrictions on their ability to get to work.

Comments attributable to the Leader of The Nationals, Peter Walsh:

“Winding back of COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria must be common sense.

“Allowing country people to get back to the workplace with appropriate physical distancing is a sensible move that will secure jobs and businesses in regional Victoria.”

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley:

“Once again, Daniel Andrews is showing that he thinks what is good enough for Melbourne is good enough for regional Victoria.

“Rather than impose a “one-size-fits-all” approach, the Premier should start opening up our regional economies by lifting these restrictions and letting those who live outside Melbourne to get back working again.”

Media Contact:        Simon Watson         0484 000 051          Simon.Watson@opposition.vic.gov.au


Labor denies and now admits recession

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 - the only state in the nation with this dubious honour.

Victoria is the only state in the country to sink into recession, proving Victoria’s economy was on the slide well before the financial fallout from COVID-19 and the bushfires.

There are times you want your state to be number one, being the first state to get into recession is not one of those times.

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley:

“The Treasurer must call it for what it is, and admit that Victoria was already in recession at the end of March.

“If Tim Pallas doesn't understand that we are in recession he should go and speak to 127,000 Victorians who lost their jobs last month.”

Media Contact:        Simon Watson         0484 000 051          Simon.Watson@opposition.vic.gov.au


Victoria’s economy sinks into recession

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 quarters, the Victorian economy is now officially in recession for the first time since September 2008.

Poor and reckless financial management by the Andrews Labor Government meant Victoria’s State budget was in deficit by $1.1 billion, government debt had ballooned to over $40 billion in 19/20, and the economy had shrunk by the end of last year.

Victoria is the only state in Australia which has currently recorded two consecutive negative quarters.

Comments attributable to the Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley:

“While Australia is heading into a recession, Victoria is already there.

“Victoria is in recession today because Daniel Andrews had wrecked the economy well before COVID.

“Recessions hurt working families the most as unemployment rises. Around 127,000 Victorians lost their jobs in April and there is worse to come.”

Media Contact:        Simon Watson         0484 000 051          Simon.Watson@opposition.vic.gov.au