Electoral district of Ripon

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VictoriaLegislative Assembly
VIC Ripon District 2014.png
Location of Ripon (dark green) in Victoria
Dates current1945–1955, 1976–current
MPLouise Staley
PartyLiberal Party
Electors47,774 (2018)
Area16,761 km2 (6,471.5 sq mi)

Ripon is a single member electoral district of the Victorian Legislative Assembly. It is a rural electorate based in western Victoria. In 1946 the Electoral district of Ripon was first contested but then abolished in the 1955 election after being held by Labor for seven of these years.[1] Ripon was re-created in 1976,[1] essentially as a replacement for Hampden.

Ripon has an area of 16,761 square kilometres.[2] It includes the towns of Ararat, Avoca, Bealiba, Beaufort, Bridgewater on Loddon, Buangor, Cardigan, Carisbrook, Charlton, Clunes, Creswick, Donald, Dunolly, Eddington, Elmhurst, Glenorchy, Great Western, Inglewood, Landsborough, Lexton, Lucas, Marnoo, Maryborough, Miners Rest, Moonambel, Newbridge, Snake Valley, St Arnaud, Stawell, Stuart Mill, Talbot, Tarnagulla and Wedderburn.[2] The main population centres are Creswick, Ararat, Maryborough, Avoca, Donald, Bridgewater on Loddon, St Arnaud and Stawell.[1] This district is known for agriculture, wine making, timber industries, manufacturing, wool production, paper milling, knitting mills and tourism.[2]

It has been held by the Liberal Party for most of its history; however, it was held by the Labor Party from 1999 to 2014. The 2018 result was the subject of a legal challenge by the second placed Labor candidate. [3]


First incarnation (1945–1955)
Member Party Term
  Ernie Morton Labor 1945–1947
  Rutherford Guthrie Liberal 1947–1950
  Ernie Morton Labor 1950–1955
Second incarnation (1976–present)
Member Party Term
  Tom Austin Liberal 1976–1992
  Steve Elder               Liberal 1992–1999
  Joe Helper Labor 1999–2014
  Louise Staley Liberal 2014–present

Election results[edit]

2018 Victorian state election: Ripon[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Louise Staley 15,594 38.93 +6.18
Labor Sarah De Santis 15,280 38.15 +3.05
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Peter Fava 2,622 6.55 +6.55
Justice Sandra Gibbs 1,929 4.82 +4.82
Greens Serge Simic 1,667 4.16 −2.97
Democratic Labour Peter Mulcahy 1,315 3.28 +2.06
Animal Justice Anna Hills 835 2.08 +2.08
Independent Jeff Truscott 377 0.94 +0.94
Socialists Bronwyn Jennings 219 0.55 +0.55
Independent Maria Mayer 217 0.54 +0.54
Total formal votes 40,055 91.74 −1.87
Informal votes 3,606 8.26 +1.87
Turnout 43,661 91.39 −3.39
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Louise Staley 20,035 50.02 −0.99
Labor Sarah De Santis 20,020 49.98 +0.99
Liberal hold Swing −0.99


  1. ^ a b c "Victorian Election 2014". ABC. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Ripon District profile". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  3. ^ Wilson, Amber. "De Santis' lawyer says she should've won Ripon: court". Collie Mail.
  4. ^ State Election 2018: Ripon District, VEC.

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