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

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 to Daniel Andrews’ incompetence.

188,400 jobs have been lost in Victoria since the start of the pandemic in March.

In stark contrast, New South Wales is now 107,700 jobs ahead of Victoria in its recovery from the pandemic.

Victoria was also the only state to lose jobs in August, with other states gaining a combined 117,500 jobs.

Figures released also show a huge increase in Victorians not getting hours of work, with 113,000 Victorians reported as working ‘zero hours for economic reasons’ in August. This was up from 65,600 people in July.

By comparison, only 45,800 people in New South Wales worked zero hours for economic reasons.

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley:

“Today’s unemployment figures are devastating and are a direct result of Daniel Andrews stuffing up hotel quarantine and contact tracing.

“Why should Daniel Andrews keep his job when his incompetence has cost so many Victorians their jobs?

“As terrible as these unemployment figures are, they are set to get worse if Daniel Andrews doesn’t ease his cruel restrictions.”

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


New VicHealth Funding to support Ripon in local health recovery

Local community groups in Ripon can now apply for funding to assist in their local health recovery from the
COVID-19 pandemic, says Member for Ripon Louise Staley.

VicHealth has announced $2.5 million in new funding to support local organisations to address the
immediate health and wellbeing concerns of Victorians hardest hit by the impact coronavirus pandemic.

Applications for VicHealth’s Reimagining Health grants open today, with funding amounts of $3K, $10K or
$50K available for local organisations whose ideas can support their communities to create meaningful
social connections, get active and access healthy, affordable food.

Ms Staley said “the call is going out to a diverse range of organisations, such as sporting clubs and leagues,
community gardens, arts organisations, local groups, and youth services, to act fast and apply for
$2.5million in grants.

“We know there are hardworking organisations in Ripon that could use this funding to make a significant
impact on the health of people living in our community in the next 12 months and beyond”, Ms Staley said.

“I encourage local organisations in Ripon, such as sporting clubs, community gardens, arts organisations,
community groups, and youth services to apply for funding so our communities can recover.”

VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, it’s vital that we
work quickly to protect the health and wellbeing of Victorians.

“Victorians spoke, and we listened. Many communities were already fighting an uphill battle before the
pandemic hit and are now facing greater challenges when it comes to putting healthy food on the table,
keeping active and staying connected to others in their community,” Dr Demaio said.

“We want successful organisations to get the support they need to do what they do so well – make a
difference in their communities, as soon as possible. We’ve made it easier to apply, with quicker
turnarounds to a notification.

“Our grants will support new or existing ideas and help amplify projects already in place, to reach more
members of the Victorian community and help them improve their health and wellbeing on our path to
recovery.”


Vacant Land Tax suspended after call from Liberal Nationals

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 inner and middle Melbourne that are vacant for six months in any calendar year, was introduced by the Andrews Labor Government in 2017.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions associated with the second wave caused by Labor’s incompetent handling of its hotel quarantine program and its inadequate contact tracing have meant that ensuring properties are not vacant for six months has been impossible for many owners.

This move is overdue and will come as some relief to many people struggling in the current economic climate.

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley:

“Many who own a property in inner or middle Melbourne are unable to reside in their properties or find someone else to do so, due to the pandemic. That’s why the Liberal Nationals called for this relief weeks ago

“Many regional Victorians who own properties in Melbourne can’t travel for regular appointments due to Stage 4 restrictions or their children are home from uni so are not using the property. They should never have had to face this tax in the first place, and unquestionably not this year.

“This move will provide some relief to these Victorians who can’t use their city property because Daniel Andrews’s iso-hotel failures caused the second wave, and his botched contact tracing has prolonged the misery.”

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


Victorians keep losing jobs while the rest of the country recovers

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 payroll jobs fell by a further 2.3 per cent. While in the rest of Australia they rose by 0.1 per cent.

Overall since the start of the pandemic in mid-March, payroll jobs have fallen 7.9 per cent in Victoria, compared with 2.9 per cent in the rest of Australia.

These figures reveal that while Australians in other states are getting back to work, Victorians keep losing their jobs, with no end in sight.  Livelihoods have been lost because of the Andrews Labor Government’s bungled hotel quarantine program, which caused Victoria’s second wave.

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley:

“Today’s payroll jobs figures show that while the rest of Australia has started their economic recovery, the news goes from bad to worse for Victorians who have lost their jobs.

“More Victorians have lost their jobs in August, while jobs have started to grow elsewhere in Australia. This is with weeks and maybe months left to go in Daniel Andrews’ lockdown.

“The Andrews Labor Government caused this catastrophic second wave due to its bungling of hotel quarantine, and prolonged it by its inept contact tracing.”

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


Dan fails country Victoria’s economic recovery

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 government areas have never had a COVID case.

The Andrews Labor Government is forcing all country areas to remain in Stage 3 restrictions despite most regional areas meeting the “Last Step” test.

Under the current Stage 3 restrictions, country people still can only have ten people at a funeral or five people at a wedding. Only single people can have a social visitor who has to be a “nominated person.” Travel within Victoria is not allowed. Personal services, such as indoor personal training and beauty services, are not allowed. Sport is not allowed. Schools are shut. Restaurants are take-away only.

Under the Government’s plan for the “Last Step”, the economy and communities begin to function again. Schools are open and so are adult education and universities. Indoor and outdoor dining is allowed subject to density rules. People can visit each other at home. Sport is back. Gyms and personal training inside is allowed. Funerals and weddings can have more attendees. Churches, mosques and temples reopen for services. Travel and accommodation are permitted.

Regional Victoria’s businesses are on their knees due to restrictions that clearly don’t apply to their local communities.

Comments Attributable to the Shadow Treasurer

“Daniel Andrews’s city-centric plan consigns all country Victorians to the remainder bin. It’s time he delivered a plan to protect our COVID-free communities and let them reopen area by area instead of lumping everyone together.

“Most of country Victoria hasn’t seen a new case for at least 14 days. We need to reopen restaurants, small businesses such as personal trainers, personal services and shuttered shops.

“It’s time for Daniel Andrews to treat regional Victorians as more than one undifferentiated mass. What’s right for Donald, where there’s never been a case is different to Colac where there are still new cases occurring.

“It’s time to let regional Victorians with no new COVID cases for 14 days live again.”

Media contact: Emma Manser   0437 225 386    emma.manser@opposition.vic.gov.au


Daniel Andrews wreaks permanent damage on the Victorian economy

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 roadmap. Paul Guerra of Vic Chamber of Commerce called it a “roadmap to nowhere” and that due to it “businesses will go broke.”

Mary Aldred of the Franchise Council said business owners have been betrayed after being given false hope during consultations.

Innes Willox of AiGroup call it a “document of despair” that “will prolong the economic and social pain.”

Already 145,000 additional Victorians have joined the unemployment queue due to the government’s mismanagement of the pandemic before Stage 4 lockdowns started.

One in eight small to medium businesses don’t expect to survive this pandemic. Today’s announcements will increase that proportion and destroy more businesses and livelihoods.

Comments Attributable to the Shadow Treasurer

“Today’s ‘roadmap to recovery’ shows Daniel Andrews is speeding out of control to totally trash the Victorian economy.”

“The Premier has no plan beyond further lockdowns because he has no idea how jobs and investment are created.

“Victoria’s economic collapse will now outstrip every other state because of these extended lockdowns. Victoria will lose jobs to other states and thousands of small business will close because this government can’t manage contact tracing to get on top of this pandemic like other states have done.”

Media contact: Emma Manser   0437 225 386    emma.manser@opposition.vic.gov.au


Liberal Nationals call on Andrews Government to suspend vacant land tax

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 a wide range of people, such as those who are unable to make their properties tenantable, those who have recently moved into aged care, regional Victorians who have a second property for appointments in Melbourne, and those who are unable to find a tenant due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

To penalise them for an inability to improve or reside in their property, or find a tenant is unfair. It is especially so when many of them may be enduring financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the second wave caused by Labor’s bungling of hotel quarantine.

Regional Victorians are severely restricted in their ability to even travel to Melbourne due to the second wave.

This is why Labor should shelve this blatant cash grab and suspend the Vacant Residential Land Tax for 2020.

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley:

“Victorians are doing it tough under strict restrictions required to deal with the second wave of COVID-19 caused by Labor’s hotel quarantine debacle.

“Many who own a property in inner or middle Melbourne are unable to reside in their properties or find someone else to do so, due to the pandemic.

“And there are many regional Victorians who own properties in Melbourne who can’t even travel for regular appointments due to Stage 4 restrictions.

“For Labor to penalise these Victorians for circumstances out of their control is grossly unfair.

“This is why Daniel Andrews and Labor should bin the Vacant Residential Land Tax for 2020.”

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


More job pain for Victoria as second wave hits

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 in March, compared with a national reduction of 4.9 per cent.

 

In stark contrast, in the last month, payroll jobs in Victoria have shrunk by 2.8 per cent, with the Australia-wide reduction being 1.0 per cent.

 

With over 145,000 Victorians having lost their jobs since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Labor’s incompetent handling of its hotel quarantine problem is leading to even more job losses.

 

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley:

 

“Victorians looking for work were dealt another blow today with these deeply concerning payroll jobs figures.

 

“While other states slowly recover and people get back to work, Victorians are being hit with the economic brunt of a second wave caused by Labor’s bungling of its hotel quarantine program.

 

“Rather than trying to usurp Parliament and grant themselves carte blanche power to bypass scrutiny for 12 months, Daniel Andrews and Labor should be focussing on getting jobs for out-of-work Victorians so they can provide for their families and start to rebuild their lives.”

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


Job vacancies plummet in Victoria due to the second wave

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 1,900. Notably, New South Wales saw an increase of 6,200 job advertisements over the month. Therefore, while Victorians job opportunities fell 6.5 per cent, for those north of the border they rose 16.1 per cent.

The reduction in jobs available for Victorians was before the Stage 4 restrictions were imposed on metropolitan Melbourne due to the second wave caused by Labor’s bungling of the hotel quarantine program.

Overall in 2020, Victoria has suffered a 41 per cent drop in job advertisements.

This means fewer opportunities to get back to work for the over 145,000 Victorians who have lost their job since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley:

“These latest job advertisement figures are just another blow to Victorians struggling to look for work. With NSW job opportunities growing so strongly, by comparison, no wonder the reports of Victorians trying to move interstate are growing.

“The Victorian economy, already in recession before the COVID-19 outbreak, is now suffering from a collapse in the job market like no other state in Australia.

“Labor bungled the economy, then bungled the hotel quarantine program, and Victorians looking for work are the ones who are bearing the brunt of this incompetence.”

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


The Victorian economy hit hard by the second wave

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 per cent of businesses worried about their business over the next 12 months. This lack of confidence is well ahead of Sydney, where 28 per cent are worried. 

The survey found that Victorian small and medium businesses were the least optimistic about the outlook of their business of all states. Victorian small businesses are also the most pessimistic about their local economy of all states, with 66.5 per cent believing the Victorian state economy will be worse in 12 months.

The most recent Payroll Jobs data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that the number of payroll jobs in Victoria fell by 1.2 per cent over the last two weeks of July. The Victorian result is the worst of any state or territory and much worse than the national average of -0.1 per cent.

The Payroll Jobs data is a particularly dreadful number for women in Victoria, being down 1.6 per cent over the second half of July, compared to a 0.3 per cent drop for women nationwide.

Since the start of the pandemic, payroll jobs in Victoria are down 6.7%, which means that 1 out of every 15 people in work in Victoria before COVID-19 have now lost their jobs.

Since mid-March, every sector of the Victorian economy has fared worse than the rest of Australia except utilities. 

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley:

“One-in-fifteen Victorians previously in work has now lost his or her job since this pandemic began. Due to the second wave in Victoria caused by the Andrews Labor Government’s bungling of hotel quarantine, more unemployment pain is yet to come.

“One-in-eight Victorian small and medium business will never reopen due to the harsh lockdowns made necessary by the Andrews Labor Government’s bungling of hotel quarantine.

“We know that Victoria’s economy was in recession before this pandemic. Since COVID-19 hit, we have seen no plan from Daniel Andrews and Labor to get Victorians back in business and back to work and as a result, business confidence is well behind other states. 

“Victorians deserve a government with a real plan to get them working again and our economy going again.”

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