Media Release

27 September 2017

Ryall: Statement from the Shadow Assistant Minister for Economic Development

Wednesday 27 September 2017

Statement from the Shadow Assistant Minister for Economic Development

Victorians are feeling the pinch from the cost of living pressures brought about by Daniel Andrews’ 11 new taxes and forced closure of Hazelwood which has seen electricity costs go through the roof.

The best way to tackle these cost of living pressures is two-fold.  First, stop gouging taxpayers and put the brakes on electricity costs forced up by Daniel Andrews’ obsession with a go-it-alone renewable energy target.  Second, grow the economy to create new jobs that provide good wages and opportunity for career progression.

That means growing the pie so everyone has the opportunity to participate in a vibrant Victoria regardless of where they live. It’s also about making sure our frontline services and infrastructure are planned and provided to match the needs of our growing communities across our great state.

With our population growing at over 100,000  each year, Victoria is in desperate need of a clear vision and strategy to not just keep up with population growth but to stay ahead of the curve.

With the pressure on our metropolitan areas, household budgets and standard of living, there’s no shortage of work to do. Decentralisation is desperately needed to ease the squeeze and our regions stand ready to provide the great lifestyle and standard of living.