Ripon voters can see their priorities ahead of the Victoria state election

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It’s a big month for Ararat’s James Mullin.

The 18-year-old has just emerged from the maze of study, stress and sleep that is the VCE exam period.

But now another big day is fast approaching.

He will vote for the first time on Saturday.

Education – specifically teacher shortages and welfare – will be the issue that decides Mr Mullins’ vote after seeing first-hand the consequences of burnout and understaffing in his final year at the school.

“Teachers have had a much heavier workload than expected, and the effects of COVID haven’t really worn off on the education department,” he says.

The candidates have reason to be very aware of his and every other voter’s concerns.

Only 15 votes separated the two major candidates in the Ararat state seat of Ripon at the last state election.

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