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Job ad numbers in Victoria still the worst

Today’s job advertisement numbers have confirmed that under the Andrews Labor Government, there is less growth in new job advertisements in Victoria than any other state compared to this time last year. 

The numbers, released on the Commonwealth Government’s Labour Market Information Portal, show that job advertisements have risen by just 4.5 per cent in Victoria in the last 12 months, the smallest increase of any Australian state. 

In the same 12 month period, job advertisements in Australia overall have increased by 11.2 per cent. 

Over 140,000 Victorians have lost their job due to Daniel Andrews’ incompetent management of hotel quarantine in Victoria. 

Due to Labor’s second wave, there are now more unemployed women in Victoria than ever before, with small and medium-sized businesses having shed jobs at over four times the rate of larger businesses.

Victoria in a jobs crisis with one in five Victorians are either out of a job or can't get the hours that they want. 

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley: 

“Today’s job ad numbers confirm Victoria’s jobs crisis and just how tough it is to find a job in Victoria, all because Labor botched hotel quarantine. 

“More Victorians have lost their jobs than any other state, as Victoria has endured Labor’s lockdowns and second wave of COVID-19. 

“Victorians who have lost their jobs, mostly women, are being abandoned by Daniel Andrews and Labor. 

“Victorians looking for work are struggling. They need a plan to get people back to work and back in business, but Labor only has a plan for more debt and waste.” 

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


Support for retail needed as Victoria continues to lag

Retail trade figures for October released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that while retail in the rest of Australia has bounced back to pre-pandemic levels, retail in Victoria is still way behind due the devastating impacts of Labor’s second wave. 

The October figures show that while every other state and territory had higher retail trade turnover in October than in March before the pandemic, under Daniel Andrews, Victoria’s is down by 13.7 per cent on the March figures. 

These figures are driven by continued weakness in turnover for cafes, restaurants and catering services, clothing, footwear, personal accessory retailing and department stores. 

This is the second major piece of economic data this week to confirm that as the rest of Australia has begun to recover from the COVID-19 induced recession, Victoria continues to struggle as a result of the second wave caused by Labor’s bungled hotel quarantine program and inadequate contact tracing. 

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley: 

“These numbers confirm that because of Labor’s second wave of coronavirus, retailers are suffering more than every other state in Australia. 

“Due to Daniel Andrews’ incompetence, retail trade in Victoria has gone backwards since March by a staggering 13.7 per cent. 

“What retailers desperately need, and what Daniel Andrews has failed to deliver, is support for small businesses to get back to work. 

“As we approach Christmas I encourage all Victorians shop locally and support struggling small businesses. 

“The hospitality industry is still doing it tough, now is great time to support your local cafes and restaurants.” 

Media contact:   Joshua Morris   009 931 430   joshua.morris@opposition.vic.gov.au


Victoria only state still in recession

Today’s national accounts figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics have confirmed that Victoria’s economy has continued to shrink while the rest of Australia recovers from the COVID-19 induced recession. 

In the September quarter, Victoria’s economy shrunk by 1.0 per cent, while every other state and territory saw their economies grow by at least 2.0 per cent. 

Overall, domestic final demand in Australia grew in the September quarter by 4.5 per cent. 

The September quarter was the fourth consecutive quarter Victoria’s economy has shrunk, as Victoria’s recession had begun before the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Victoria has not suffered four consecutive quarters of negative growth since 1990-91. 

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley: 

“While the rest of Australia recovers from the recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Victoria’s economy continues to shrink. 

“This recession, which began before the pandemic, continues to cut a swathe through the economy as Victorians lose their jobs and their livelihoods. 

“This is the consequence of the second wave, caused by Labor’s bungled hotel quarantine program and inadequate contact tracing. Victoria’s economy is going south while the rest of the country is recovering. 

“Tens of thousands of Victorians have lost their jobs, small and medium businesses are shedding jobs, and there are more unemployed women in Victoria than at any other time in our history. 

“Victorians desperately need a plan to get them back to work and back in business so our economy can start growing again.” 

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


New funding responds to health needs in Ripon

Three local organisations in Ripon will share in $16,000 in VicHealth funding to support residents hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic to improve their health and wellbeing.

Asteria Services, the Maryborough Toy Library, and the Mount Prospect & District Tennis Association are among the organisations to receive a VicHealth Reimagining Health Grant to construct a productive community garden, remove barriers to participating in sport, and purchase new toys.

Member for Ripon, Louise Staley, said the funding will support those in the community who need it most.

“This much-needed funding from VicHealth will ensure local organisations can continue supporting our community to build back better from the impact of coronavirus,” Ms Staley said.

“Grass-roots organisations are the heart and soul of Ripon and their efforts are key to helping us recover from this pandemic.”

VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said community organisations play a vital role, now more than ever, in helping people connect and take care of their wellbeing.

“As we embrace the new COVID-normal, we’re committed to supporting Victorians to be more physically active, access healthy, affordable food and to socially connect,” Dr Demaio said.

“These grants will help more Victorians enjoy better health and wellbeing through the direct support of their local clubs, organisations and community groups.”

Grant recipients in Ripon include:

  • Asteria Services, Maryborough - $10,000
  • Maryborough Toy Library - $3,000
  • Mt Prospect & District Tennis Association, Creswick - $3,000

For further information, visit www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/funding/reimagining-health-grants.


Victoria’s jobs crisis continues

Today’s payroll jobs numbers released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that under Labor, Victoria’s jobs market is still way behind the rest of Australia.

From the start of the pandemic until 14 November, payroll jobs have fallen by 5.4 per cent, compared to a national reduction of 2.9 per cent.

Victoria’s loss of payroll jobs is the largest of any state or territory in Australia.

In the first two weeks of November, payroll jobs among businesses with 20 or fewer employees fell by a further 2.7 per cent. This represents a fall in payroll jobs among those businesses of 8.9 per cent since the start of the pandemic.

Since March, Victorian small businesses that employ less than 20 employees have shed payroll jobs at around four times the rate as businesses with at least 200 employees.

We need to revive our economy. Small business is the jobs engine of Victoria but it has been left out in the cold by Labor’s budget. 

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley:

“These latest Victorian payroll jobs figures show that Labor’s job crisis is continuing.

“The continued lack of support for small businesses from Labor is also clearly demonstrated in these figures as small businesses struggle.

“Victorian small businesses were hit hardest by the lockdowns reintroduced in response to the second wave of COVID-19, a second wave caused by Labor’s bungled hotel quarantine program and inadequate contact tracing.

“Last week’s budget did not provide the support these small businesses need.

“Only the Liberal Nationals have the plan to get Victorians back to work and back in business.”

Media contact:   Joshua Morris   009 931 430   joshua.morris@opposition.vic.gov.au


Worse times ahead for Victoria’s economy

The ANZ Stateometer for the September quarter has confirmed that the Victorian economy is the worst-performing in the nation and things are set to get worse. 

The report shows that in the September quarter, Victoria was the only state with an economy that was performing below trend and was decelerating, meaning that the economy was not recovering but continuing to deteriorate. 

Many key indicators inside the Victorian economy were also showing the depth of the crisis in which the state finds itself. Business sentiment remained about 7 per cent below average, retail sales were down 6.6 per cent, and Melbourne has experienced the largest dwelling-price declines of any capital city, with prices down 3.1 per cent and continuing to fall. 

All this contributed to employment being 6.5 per cent lower in September than it was in March when the pandemic began. 

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley: 

“The more data were are seeing, the more confirmation we have of the size of the economic crisis facing Victorians. 

“As the rest of Australia recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, Victoria’s economy continues to struggle due to the second wave caused by Labor’s bungled hotel quarantine program and inadequate contact tracing. 

“The employment stats confirm what the ABS has told us: tens of thousands of Victorians have lost their jobs during this pandemic. 

"Now is the time to restart Victoria’s economic recovery.  Every day that Labor fails to act is another day Victorians are looking for work, looking to make ends meet and looking for hope. 

“Victoria is now the economic basket case of Australia, due to Labor’s mismanagement and recklessness.” 

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


St Arnaud Secondary College upgrade a win for community

The upgrade for St Arnaud Secondary College is a win for the local community, says Member for Ripon, Louise Staley.

The school this week secured more than $300,000 in funding to undertake badly needed maintenance works.

Ms Staley said she was pleased to see calls from the school and the community had been heeded.

“This is a good result for the teachers, students and families of St Arnaud Secondary College,” Ms Staley said.

“Last year, I raised the ongoing issues with the toilets and change rooms at St Arnaud Secondary College with the Minister for Education. The current facilities are just unacceptable, and this was preventing students from participating in sport, in particular girls.”

“The school had been seeking funding for many years to upgrade these facilities, which are the worst I’ve seen in Ripon. This upgrade has been long overdue, and I have joined the school community in pressuring the State Government to provide this funding.”

“This upgrade will make a real difference for the students of St Arnaud Secondary College, and I congratulate the school community on their hard work and advocacy.”


Maryborough Hospital new build abandoned in State Budget

The Andrews Labor Government has abandoned the people of Maryborough by failing to deliver the long-promised and desperately needed redevelopment of Maryborough Hospital.

Today’s Victorian Budget has exposed the Premier for Melbourne’s lack of concern for the health and wellbeing of Maryborough residents.

Member for Ripon, Louise Staley MP, has called on the Premier to fund the Maryborough Hospital redevelopment in full immediately.

“The 2020/2021 Victorian Budget fails to fund any construction of the hospital, raising serious questions about their intention to deliver the project at all,” Ms Staley said.

During the 2018 election campaign, Daniel Andrews promised Maryborough locals that he would provide $100 million to rebuild Maryborough Hospital in this term of government.

Today’s 2020/2021 State Budget only includes a small parcel of funding for planning and purchasing land. Meaning no actual work will start on the redevelopment in the foreseeable future.

“Halfway through their term in Government, Daniel Andrews and Tim Pallas have shown that they don’t care about keeping their promises to the Maryborough community,” Ms Staley said.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the absolute necessity of well resourced, state of the art, medical facilities in regional Victoria. The Andrews Government is willing to go into $155 billion of debt in this budget, but they could not find the money they promised to redevelop the Maryborough Hospital.”

“It’s not good enough, and I will continue to fight for this essential project to be delivered.” 

“Daniel Andrews needs to see past the tram tracks and get serious about delivering for regional Victorians.”


It’s official – Victoria suffers worst year since Cain/Kirner

Economic data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today has confirmed that Financial Year 2019-20 was Victoria's worst year economically since the dark days of the Cain/Kirner Labor Government. 

The Gross State Product numbers show that the Victorian economy shrunk by 0.5 per cent in FY 2019-20. This is the first year the Victorian economy has shrunk since FY 1991-92. 

This confirms that the economic crisis in Victoria started before the pandemic hit in March. 

Contributing to this outcome, Victoria recorded significant falls in gross value added in many key industries in 2019-20. 

These falls include accommodation and food services (down 12.1 per cent), agriculture, forestry and fishing (down 6.4 per cent), arts and recreation services (down 6.1 per cent), and transport, postal and warehousing (down 5.6 per cent). 

These figures do not include the economic damage from the second wave of COVID-19 caused by Labor's bungled hotel quarantine program and disastrous contact tracing. 

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley: 

"This data from the ABS confirms that under Daniel Andrews, Victoria is enduring its worst economic crisis since the bad old days of John Cain and Joan Kirner. 

"For the first time in nearly 30 years, our economy has shrunk, and today’s figures show this started well before COVID-19 reared its ugly head. 

"Unemployment among women and young people are at historic highs. Small and medium-sized businesses are struggling to keep people working. 

"Daniel Andrews and Labor need to provide a plan for economic recovery, so Victorians can get back to work and back in business."

Media contact:   Joshua Morris   009 931 430   joshua.morris@opposition.vic.gov.au


Victorian economic crisis hits women hardest

Today’s unemployment figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that Victoria’s economic crisis impacts women most of all.

Victoria’s overall unemployment rate rose to 7.4 per cent in October, which is higher than the national figure, which sits at 7.0 per cent.

More troubling is the unemployment rate among women, which rose from 7.6 per cent in September to a staggering 8.8 per cent in October, the highest rate of unemployment among women in Victoria this century.

The total of unemployed women in Victoria was 146,500, which is the highest on record.

This total has risen by 51,000 since the start of the pandemic.

In Victoria 141,000 jobs have been lost since the start of the pandemic (March 2020). This remains by far the worst job loss for any state, with the next largest job loss number being 52,300 job losses in New South Wales.

Youth unemployment in Victoria also increased again in October and now stands at 18.2 per cent. This is the highest youth unemployment rate recorded in Victoria since January 1998.

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley:

“Today’s unemployment figures show that Victorian women are bearing the brunt of this economic disaster.

“This disaster, a result of the second wave of COVID-19 caused by Labor’s bungled hotel quarantine program and inadequate contact tracing, has thrown 51,000 Victorian women on the job scrapheap.

“These are the women who work in industries hit hard by this pandemic, such as retail, hospitality, fitness, and other small businesses.

“Women have been abandoned by Daniel Andrews and Labor, who prioritise male-dominated industries like construction to provide jobs for their CFMMEU mates.

“This inequity must be addressed urgently. Victorian women need a plan to get back to work and back in business.”

Media contact:   Joshua Morris   009 931 430   joshua.morris@opposition.vic.gov.au