Electoral district of Ripon

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VictoriaLegislative Assembly
VIC Ripon District 2014.png
Location of Ripon (dark green) in Victoria
State Victoria
Dates current 1945–1955, 1976–current
MP Louise Staley
Party Liberal Party
Electors 45,147 (2014)
Area 16,761 km2 (6,471.5 sq mi)
Demographic Rural

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 then re-created and has existed continuously since 1976.[1]

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, 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]

For most of its history, Ripon has been held by the Liberal Party. However, it was held by the Labor Party from 1999 to 2014.


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]

Victorian state election, 2014: Ripon[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Daniel McGlone 14,059 35.1 −3.7
Liberal Louise Staley 13,118 32.8 +4.2
National Scott Turner 7,342 18.3 −2.7
Greens Rod May 2,856 7.1 +1.2
Family First Danielle Fowler 897 2.2 −0.7
Country Alliance Trevor Domaschenz 495 1.2 −1.5
Democratic Labour Mitchell Lee 490 1.2 +1.2
Rise Up Australia Peter Mulcahy 448 1.1 +1.1
Christians Kevin Loiterton 352 0.9 +0.9
Total formal votes 40,057 93.6 −1.6
Informal votes 2,732 6.4 +1.6
Turnout 42,789 94.8 +1.8
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Louise Staley 20,329 50.8 −0.9
Labor Daniel McGlone 19,728 49.2 +0.9
Liberal hold Swing −0.9


  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. ^ State Election 2014: Ripon District, VEC.

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