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Ignorance Is Bliss For The Minister For Youth Affairs

The Baillieu Government’s Minister for Youth Affairs has conceded he doesn’t know how many young Victorians are out of work. In an extraordinary performance in parliament today, Ryan Smith had no idea what the youth unemployment rate was. Shadow Minister for Children and Young Adults..

Nurse To Patient Ratios Under Threat

On 12 December, Jenny, along with Members of the Labor Opposition, Colin Brooks (Bundoora), Liz Beattie (Yuroke) and Danielle Green (Yan Yean), attended the Australian Nursing Federation’s rally at the Northern Hospital. Nurses are currently negotiating their EBA with the Baillieu Government and are concerned..

Baillieu Government Cuts to VCAL

The Baillieu government has slashed $48 million from the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Coordinators program leaving many students at risk of missing out on learning practical skills. VCAL is a great alternative to VCE and provides senior students with the practical skills they..

‘Living Longer, Living Stronger’ At Risk

The Baillieu Government has refused to guarantee ongoing funding for the Living Longer Living Stronger (LLLS) program; a successful strength and conditioning program for seniors. The LLLS allows many seniors to maintain muscle strength and improve their fitness and balance. It assists in managing diabetes,..

Re-Open Heidelberg West Police Station Community Rally

On 29 November 2011, Jenny joined a community rally to re-open the Heidelberg West Police Station. Heidelberg West residents are no closer to having a fully-staffed police station despite a commitment by the Baillieu Government. Pictured here with Jenny are the Member for Yan Yean,..

Government’s Support Of Report Smacks Of Hypocrisy

The Baillieu Government has hypocritically abandoned a vital occasional childcare program despite its significant and obvious benefits, Shadow Minister assisting the Leader of the Opposition on Children and Young Adults Jenny Mikakos said today. The Government has today released a report into the Take-A-Break Occasional..

Baillieu Cuts Threaten Seniors’ Strength Programs

The Baillieu Government has again refused to guarantee ongoing funding for the Living Longer Living Stronger seniors’ program, Shadow Minister for Seniors and Ageing Jenny Mikakos said. Ms Mikakos and Member for Richmond Richard Wynne visited the Richmond Recreation Centre today to discuss the Living..

Lovell Caught Sitting On The Fence On Take-A-Break

Children and Early Childhood Development Minister Wendy Lovell has been caught out not keeping her word in the wake of the Federal Labor Government’s recent announcement of more occasional childcare places in Victoria. Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on Children and Young Adults Jenny Mikakos..

Lovell Claims Credit For Projects Funded By Labor

Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Wendy Lovell has been caught out claiming credit for two children’s centres that were funded by the former Labor Government, Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on Children and Young Adults Jenny Mikakos said. Ms Lovell made the misleading..

Baillieu Taken To VCAT To Release Take-A-Break Report

The Labor Opposition has been forced to take legal action to secure a report into the occasional childcare program Take-a-Break after the Baillieu Government blocked its release. Documents were today lodged with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) seeking to have the KPMG report..

Baillieu Cuts Youth Mentoring In Geelong

The Baillieu Government has failed to provide funding to a successful youth mentoring project in Geelong, Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on Children and Young Adults, Jenny Mikakos said today. Visiting the Barwon Youth Services, Ms Mikakos said the Baillieu Government had committed no further..

Baillieu Cuts Youth Mentoring In Lilydale

The Baillieu Government has failed to provide funding to a successful youth mentoring project in Lilydale, Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on Children and Young Adults, Jenny Mikakos said today.  Visiting the Shire of Yarra Ranges Youth Services Centre, Ms Mikakos said the Baillieu Government..

Baillieu Cuts Youth Mentoring In Emerald

The Baillieu Government has failed to provide funding to a successful youth mentoring project in Emerald, Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on Children and Young Adults, Jenny Mikakos said today. Visiting the Emerald Centre for Hope and Outreach (ECHO) Centre, Ms Mikakos said the Baillieu..

Baillieu Disregards At-Risk Youth And Their Mentors

The Baillieu Government is ignoring young Victorians by failing to fund successful youth mentoring programs, Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on Children and Young Adults, Jenny Mikakos said today. Ms Mikakos said the Baillieu Government was ready to let funding for the Mentoring and Capacity..

Baillieu Ensures Double Trouble For Take-A-Break Centres

Community centres which have had their Take-a-Break funding cut by the Baillieu Government have been left reeling following news that without the program their insurance bills will skyrocket, Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on Children and Young Adults Jenny Mikakos said today. Addressing a rally..

Baillieu Turns His Back On Parents In Nagambie

Dozens of families from Nagambie could be left with no access to any childcare services, following the Baillieu Government’s decision to scrap the Take-a-Break program. Visiting Nagambie Preschool and Childcare Centre today, Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on Children and Young Adults Jenny Mikakos said..

Baillieu Turns His Back On Parents In Nagambie

Dozens of families from Nagambie could be left with no access to any childcare services, following the Baillieu Government’s decision to scrap the Take-a-Break program. Visiting Nagambie Preschool and Childcare Centre today, Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on Children and Young Adults Jenny Mikakos said..

Take-a-Break Bungling By Bumbling Baillieu Government

The Baillieu Government has been dithering for more than two months after promising to look into alternative arrangements for families needing occasional childcare in regional Victoria, Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on Children and Young Adults Jenny Mikakos said today. In a letter written last..