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Seat of Ripon

(Western Victoria)
Marginal. Liberal 0.8%


The electorate of Ripon is situated within the rural area north west of Ballarat. It includes the towns of Bealiba, Beaufort, Bridgewater on Loddon, Buangor, Cardigan, Carisbrook, Charlton, Clunes, Dunolly, Eddington, Elmhurst, Glenorchy, Great Western, Inglewood, Landsborough, Lexton, Lucas, Marnoo, Miners Rest, Moonambel, Newbridge, Snake Valley, Stuart Mill, Talbot, Tarnagulla and Wedderburn. It also includes the main population centres of Creswick, Ararat, Maryborough, Donald, Bridgewater, St Arnaud and Stawell.

Ripon is generally a marginal but conservative seat usually held by the Liberal Party, though Labor are occasionally able to gain and hold it for extended periods. Labor held the seat from 1999 to 2014, when it was regained by the Liberal Party after the prior redistribution turned it into a notional Liberal seat. Before 1999, the seat was held by the Liberal Party uninterrupted for more than 20 years.

The area constituting this electorate is known for agriculture, wine making, timber industries, manufacturing, wool production, paper milling, knitting mills and tourism

Incumbent MP:

Louise Staley (Liberal) - since 2014. Pictured right.

Electorate Boundaries and 2014 Polling Places:

The numbers on the map below represent the two party preferred result (percentage) for each polling place in 2014.


Quick Navigation
  Sandra Gibbs DHJP
  Jeff Truscott Ind
  Bronwyn Jennings SOC
  Anna Hills AJP
  Peter Mulcahy DLP
  Louise Staley LIB
  Sarah DeSantis ALP
  Peter Fava SFP
  Serge Simic GRN
  Maria Mayer Ind

Sandra GibbsSandra Gibbs
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Political Party: Derryn Hinch's Justice Party


Jeff TruscottJeff Truscott
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Political Party: Independent (Rise Up Australia Party)

Jeff Truscott was born in Hamilton, later moving to Ballarat and then Melbourne with his family and attending a Christian youth group before marrying at the age of 21, having two children. His early career included work at the Reserve Bank of Australia in an administrative capacity. He contested the federal seat of McEwen at then 2016 Federal Election; representing the Rise Up Australia Party. 

Bronwyn JenningsBronwyn Jennings
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Political Party: Victorian Socialists

Bronwyn Jennings is a High School teacher and parent. She is a member of the Australian Education Union and has spent many years campaigning for public education and against war.

Anna HillsAnna Hills
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Political Party: Animal Justice Party

Anna Hills became involved in the animal rights movement through the Animal Justice Party and the Ballarat Animal Advocates Association. 20 years old, she has lived in Ballarat for most of her life.

Peter MulcahyPeter Mulcahy
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Political Party: Democratic Labour Party


Louise StaleyLouise Staley
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Political Party: Liberal (Incumbent MP)

Louise Staley has been the MP for Ripon since the 2014 State Election. She attended Melbourne University where she studied economics and then went on to work as a fund manager for a large superannuation and life insurance company. Before her election, she served as President of the East Grampians Health Service, was a director of the Grampians Medicare Local and also a director of Networking Health Victoria. Louise was also Director of the Food and Environment Unit at the Institute of Public Affairs. She lives in Ararat.

Sarah DeSantisSarah DeSantis
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Political Party: Labor


Peter FavaPeter Fava
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Political Party: Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party

Peter Fava has been a Storeman for Metcash for almost 34 years and I have hunted and fished in the area of Ripon since he was 10 years old. 

Serge SimicSerge Simic
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Political Party: Greens

Serge Simic migrated to Australia more than 20 years ago as a refugee from the former Yugoslavia, and previously worked in mining, construction and hospitality before currently working as a farmer.

Maria MayerMaria Mayer
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Political Party: Independent

Maria Mayer is a freelance landscaper and designer (using indigenous plants) and a 'weedologist'. She lives in Grampians National Park (Gariwerd) and is campaigning for legislation to protect the natural world, for the Federal Government to adhere to the Paris Accord and for the State Government to abandon plans to desecrate a cultural place with ancient trees near Ararat.


Tossup. Liberal retain favoured (due to incumbency)

Ripon was a gain for the Liberal Party in 2014, breaking a 15 year run in which the seat was held by Labor, after the preceding redistribution turned it into a notional Liberal seat. It is, still, a very marginal seat that could go either way in 2018, especially if it is presumed that the Nationals won't run a candidate. Louise Staley should, however, benefit from a new personal vote.

Next Page: Ripon 2014 Election Results - Primary Vote


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