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Treasurer refuses to rule out a deficit for Labor’s botched budget

March 11, 2020
Contact: Louise Staley

Labor Treasurer Tim Pallas has today refused to rule out plunging the state’s budget into a deficit. 

 

Speaking at a CEDA conference today, Treasurer Tim Pallas spoke about the impacts coronavirus would have on Victoria’s budget.

 

However, he neglected to mention:

 

  • The impact of Labor’s $25 billion in waste and cost blowouts
  • That the unemployment rate in Victoria at 5.4 per cent is above the national average of 5.3 per cent and well above the NSW rate of 4.5 per cent
  • Economic growth in the previous quarter is negative, and well below the national average and the growth seen in NSW
  • Victoria’s budget was already in deficit in the first quarter of 2019-20

 

The Treasurer had already flagged he would need to make $4 billion in cuts before the coronavirus outbreak and has to date refused to rule out cuts to education, health or the environment.

 

How can Victorians have any faith in Labor’s Treasurer if even he can’t explain the state of the budget?

 

The Andrews Labor Government can’t manage money and can’t manage projects and is misleading Victorians when it uses the cover of coronavirus to hide its inability to manage money. 

 

Since Andrews was elected in 2014, he has introduced or increased 28 taxes which has added to the rising cost of living Victorian households face. Victoria is also now the highest taxed state in the country.

 

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley:

 

“Victorian household budgets are already stretched and they can’t afford to be hit with any more new taxes. 

 

“Victoria is looking at the very real prospect of a recession. Now is not the time to be taxing Victorians even more, leaving them with less to spend.

 

“Labor had buggered the budget long before the devastating bushfires and coronavirus. What we know about Labor is when it runs out of money it comes after yours.”

 

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


Labor’s latest new tax to add more to strain to housing market

March 06, 2020
Contact: Louise Staley

Labor has today announced its 28th new or expanded tax since Daniel Andrews was elected as Premier, this time the tax will be passed on to home and unit buyers.

 

The new construction tax put on companies needing to use a road to construct or renovate properties will be passed on to home and unit buyers by construction companies.

 

Victoria is already the highest taxed state in the country, the latest new tax comes off the back of Labor’s doubling of the bin tax which will add even more pressure to Victorians’ cost of living.

 

If Labor was serious about tackling congestion on our roads, it would stop saying no to the desperately needed East West Link.

 

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley:

 

“Labor’s new construction tax will add additional costs to Victorians who are already struggling to get into the property market.

 

This is the second tax grab within days from a Premier and a Treasurer who have maxed out the state’s credit card, and they are coming after every Victorian to patch up their buggered budget.”

 

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


New South Wales economy surges while Victoria slumps

March 05, 2020
Contact: Louise Staley

The latest National Accounts figures show Victoria’s economy shrinking by 0.1 per cent in the December quarter while the same figures demonstrates the New South Wales economy grew by 0.5 per cent.

 

These new figures come on the back of the most recent unemployment data showing Victoria’s unemployment rate at 5.4 per cent is above the national average of 5.3 per cent and well above that of NSW rate of 4.5 per cent.

 

This means Victoria is now staring down the barrel of a recession while Victorians pay the highest taxes in Australia and the state’s debt is doubling.

 

Last month Treasurer Tim Pallas admitted he is looking to cut $4 billion from state expenditure, when the National Accounts show this is not the time to add even more pressure to the state’s ailing economy.

 

The Andrews Labor Government has been unable to rule out cuts to health, education and the environment.

 

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley:

 

“Daniel Andrews’ poor and reckless financial management is starting to hurt all Victorians with his list of new and increased taxes continuing to grow.

 

“It’s not good enough for Treasurer Tim Pallas to downplay the seriousness of economic decline in Victoria when we are seeing more people unemployed, greater uncertainty and a steadily increasing cost of living.”

 

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


Everything the Andrews Labor Government sets up gets stuffed up

March 04, 2020
Contact: Louise Staley

Daniel Andrews loves nothing better than a fee gouge on Victorians.

 

Victorians should brace for more taxes and more tolls because Andrews has already blown the budget on the North East Link.

 

This was a project Labor initially costed at $5 billion when it's now up to around $16 billion. So the question is, how much will the tolls cost? How high will the gouge be?

 

Whether he’s increasing CityLink tolls to pay for a West Gate Tunnel which isn't even open or increasing taxes and charges right across the books, Andrews is running out of money.

 

He has buggered the budget and he is looking to gouge Victorians of every cent to try and fill his budget black hole.

 

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley:

 

“The Andrews Labor Government has a track record of all talk and no delivery. Everything it does ends up costing too much and is late.

 

“Labor said the North East Link would cost $5 billion and now it's blown out to $16 billion. Daniel Andrews can’t be trusted to deliver projects and he certainly can’t be trusted with Victorians’ money.”

 

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Transport Infrastructure, David Davis:

 

“Labor botched Myki, wasting hundreds of millions of Victorian taxpayers’ money.  Why would Victorians trust Labor to set up another new toll company without stuffing it up?

 

“Daniel Andrews can’t manage money, he can’t manage major projects and you need to look no further than his bungled Metro and West Gate Tunnel projects.”

 

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


Tim “The Taxer” Pallas needs to come clean to Victorians

March 03, 2020
Contact: Louise Staley

In Question Time today, Treasurer Tim Pallas refused to rule out increasing any tax in this year’s upcoming State Budget.

  

During the week of the 2018 election when launching Labor’s financial plan for the next four years, Tim Pallas promised:

“It contains no new taxes, whatsoever. No tax increases, no extra charges, it's all there in black and white.”

Under the Andrews Labor Government, Victoria already has 27 new or increased taxes and is the highest taxed state in Australia, and it’s only going to get worse for Victorian families who are already doing it tough.

 

Tim Pallas needs to stop contradicting himself and come clean to Victorian taxpayers about the real cost of Labor.

 

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley:

 

“Under Labor, Victorians face the highest taxes, the highest debt and the highest power bills in the country.

 

“Andrews and Tim Pallas have buggered the budget and we know when Labor runs out of money it comes after yours.”

 

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


$4 billion in cuts – the true cost of Labor

February 20, 2020
Contact: Louise Staley

Labor is refusing to rule out taking a $4 billion scalpel to health, education and the environment as it grapples with a failing budget.

 

Last week the Treasurer Tim Pallas said he was "looking at every line item of expenditure and I’m looking to take something like $4 billion out of government expenditure.”

 

When asked in Question Time today Daniel Andrews refused to rule out cuts to any area of government spending including to schools, hospitals and the environment.

 

It’s time Daniel Andrews comes clean on exactly where his $4 billion of vicious funding cuts will be inflicted.

 

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley:

 

“Daniel Andrews needs to be honest with Victorians about where his $4 billion of vicious funding cuts will be inflicted.

 

“This is the cost of Labor; cuts to schools, hospitals and environment all because Daniel Andrews has maxed out the State’s credit card and can’t manage money.”

 

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


While Andrews was away… Pallas let the cat out of the bag

February 20, 2020
Contact: Louise Staley

In Question Time today, Premier Andrews was questioned over his Treasurer’s announcement last week, made while the Premier was on holidays, that his Labor Government will be imposing $4 billion of cuts on Victorians.

 

Despite direct questioning about how many Victorian workers will lose their jobs as a result of Labor’s $4 billion cuts, Andrews refused to come clean.

 

After five years of Labor’s poor and reckless financial management, Victoria is the highest taxed state in the country – a fact confirmed by RMIT ABC Fact Check.

 

When asked if he would rule out any tax increases on Victorian families and small businesses to fix Labor’s budget black hole, Andrews failed to do so which shows the real cost of Labor.

 

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley:

 

“Andrews can’t manage the budget and his $4 billion of cuts will cost thousands of Victorians their jobs and the services they rely on.

 

“Andrews has blown the budget and we know when Labor runs out of money it comes after yours.”

 

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


Cash for Containers

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Member for Ripon Louise Staley says community groups and the environment will be the big winners under a Liberal Nationals plan to introduce a Container Deposit Scheme.
Ms Staley said a Michael O’Brien led Liberal National Government would introduce the scheme which will reduce litter and help clubs and groups fundraise.
“Victorians have been calling for a Cash for Containers scheme for years, so we’ve listened and made this commitment,” Ms Staley said.
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Strikes leave Ripon rail users waiting again

V/Line commuters in the Ararat, Ballarat and Maryborough lines have been left waiting for the bus due to industrial action today, says Member for Ripon Louise Staley.

All trains on Thursday on the Ararat, Ballarat and Maryborough line were cancelled and replaced by buses in the second day of a ten-day industrial campaign by the RTBU.

“Once again, passengers in Ripon have borne the brunt of Labor’s mismanagement of Victoria’s regional passenger rail,” Ms Staley said.

“Daniel Andrews and Labor have arrogantly ignored regional rail commuters for too long. This is yet another example of their attitude towards those Victorians who don’t live on the tram tracks.”

V/Line performance has been suffering under Labor. The Maryborough line has endured 35 consecutive months of sub-standard performance, and the Ballarat Rail Upgrade project has resulted in 117 slower services on the Ararat, Ballarat and Maryborough lines.

Also, customer satisfaction with V/Line is at a 10-year low, and V/Line’s annual budget showed that Labor had cut $149 million from the rail operator.

“Labor invested just 4% of the total capital funding for public transport from this year’s budget in regional Victoria. This is not good enough.

“People in Ripon need reliable and safe public transport to go about their daily lives, but Labor does not care about this. It is high time Daniel Andrews and Labor listened to regional Victorians and ensures this vital service operates as it is needed.”


Another summer with no Aircranes for Ballarat

The Andrews Labor Government continues to put Ballarat and Western Victorian residents at risk by refusing to station a firefighting Aircrane in Ballarat, says Member for Ripon Louise Staley.

Today Ministers Neville and D’Ambrosio announced that the Andrews Government would station the two Aircranes at Essendon and Moorabbin Airports, with no Aircrane located closer to the bushfire-prone areas of Western Victoria than Essendon Airport, over 100km away from Ballarat.

“This Melbourne-centric Andrews Labor Government have once again put Regional Victorians at risk with this short-sighted decision to locate both the Aircranes in Metropolitan Melbourne,” Ms Staley said.

“It’s yet another decision that endangers people living outside the tram tracks. From attacking the CFA to refusing to release fuel load maps, it is clear that Daniel Andrews and Labor do not care about those Victorians who don’t live in Melbourne.”

“The former Liberal Government and previous Labor Governments stationed an Aircrane at Ballarat that was, therefore, able to attend bushfires in Western Victoria much quicker than one stationed at Essendon or Moorabbin. I call on the Andrews Labor Government to station an Aircrane at Ballarat immediately.”

An Aircrane firefighting aircraft was stationed at Ballarat until the 2016 summer.