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HACCI 2012 Excellence Awards Gala Ball

On 12 October 2012, Jenny attended the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (HACCI) 2012 Excellence Awards Gala Ball.  Jenny is pictured here with Her Excellency Ms Eleni Lianidou, Consul General of Greece in Melbourne and the Hon Simon Crean, Member for Hotham and Minister for..

Cuts to Interpreters at Northern Hospital Causes Concern for Patients

The Baillieu Government has cut back on the number of interpreting appointments being made for patients at the Northern Hospital as part of cost-saving measures implementedthree weeks ago, Shadow Minister for Seniors and Ageing, Jenny Mikakos said.  Protesting alongside the local Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn..

Cuts to Interpreters at Northern Hospital

Jenny, along with the Member for Mill Park, Lily D’Ambrosio and the Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny, joined concerned local residents at the Northern Hospital on 8 October 2012 to rally against the Baillieu Government’s cuts to the the number of interpreting appointments being made for patients at..

Elective Surgery Waiting Lists Growing

Victorian Labor has released a report that shows the elective surgery performance of Victorian Hospitals is in crisis due to massive funding cuts by the Baillieu Government.  Under Labor in 2010, 80 per cent of people who needed an elective surgery received it.  Now under Ted Baillieu,..

Fronditha Care 35th Anniversay Celebrations

On 23 September Jenny attended the 35th Anniversary Celebrations of Fronditha Care. Since its humble beginnings, Fronditha Care has continued to expand its facilities to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate aged care services for the ageing Greek community. Fronditha Care provides the Greek speaking elderly in..

Opening of the Warringal Regional Family Playspace

In 2010, the then Brumby Labor Government announced $210,000 funding for a family playspace within the Warringal Parklands in Heidelberg.  On 18 September 2012, Jenny, along with the Member for Ivanhoe, Anthony Carbines (pictured), were pleased to attend the official opening of the Warringal Regional Playspace. ..

Fire-Fighters’ Rally Against Baillieu Government Cuts

On 13 September 2012, the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Andrews, along with other Labor MP’s joined more than 1000 career, volunteer fire-fighters and support staff who took to the steps of parliament to voice their opposition to the Baillieu Government’s $66 million cut from..

Jenny Speaks at the Bendigo TAFE Rally

On 6 September 2012, Jenny spoke at the Bendigo TAFE Rally protesting against the $290 million statewide funding cut as a result of the Baillieu Government’s assault on TAFE. Bendigo TAFE has a long and proud tradition of TAFE provision but the Baillieu Government has backed it into a corner and..

Residents Sign Petition Against Baillieu’s Planning Regime

A petition was tabled in parliament on Thursday 30 August with thousands of signatures demanding the Baillieu Government abandon its new planning permit system that will rob people of their right to protect the value of their home and lifestyles.  Jenny joined other Labor members of Parliament..

Home Owners to Feel the Pinch on New Fire Levy

The Baillieu Government has refused to guarantee that no insured Victorian property owners will be worse off as a consequence of its new property based Fire Services Levy and has left many questions unanswered. Mr Baillieu has refused to reveal what the variable component of the..

The Cottage closes as Baillieu renegs on funding promise

A Werribee-based childcare centre which has operated for nearly 40 years is set to close because of Baillieu Government cuts to occasional care, Shadow Minister for Children and Young Adults Jenny Mikakos said today.  Ms Mikakos said the Cottage had no option but to close..

Ted’s TAFE Cuts Have Gone Too Far

On 16 August, hundreds of TAFE students, teachers and staff gathered at Parliament House to make the point that the Baillieu Government’s harsh $290 million cuts to TAFE are totally unacceptable. The size of the crowd showed that Mr Baillieu had underestimated the impact the..

Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Awards 2012 Entries Open

All Victorians are invited to nominate health promotion champions for the VictorianHealth Promotion Foundation Awards, to be announced at a ceremony in Melbourne in December. Building upon the VicHealth Awards in recognition of inspiring health promotion work throughout Victoria, applications for the awards are now open..

Despite demand, Baillieu fails to support home care

The Baillieu Government has reduced funding for Home and Community Care (HACC) services across Victoria, which will see waiting lists grow and more families move relatives into permanent care earlier. Shadow Minister for Seniors and Ageing Jenny Mikakos said the Baillieu Government hasn’t met the..

Mr Baillieu’s Broken Promise To Cut The Cost Of Living For Families

Mr Baillieu’s State Budget will add to the cost of living of Victorian families: $300 School Start Bonus – abolished TAFEs funding – slashed by $100 million per annum motor vehicle registration – up an extra $35 speeding fines up by 20% Education Maintenance Allowance..


McKinnon Occasional Care centre, which lost morethan $3000 in Take-a-Break funding from the Baillieu Government, is nowstruggling to find a further $3800 for public liability insurance, ShadowMinister for Children and Young Adults Jenny Mikakos said today. The centre lost its public liabilityinsurance provided by the..

Baillieu’s lack of funding affecting Jan Juc Kinder

Three-year-old children in Jan Juc will have less access to kinder thanks to the Baillieu Government’s lack of investment in kindergartens, Shadow Minister for Children and Young Adults Jenny Mikakos said today. Ms Mikakos and Member for Western VictoriaGayle Tierney spoke with staff and parents..

Help Students Fight TAFE Cuts

  When the Coalition Government made the decision to cut $290 million from the TAFE sector, they either didn’t understand or didn’t care how it would impact on Victorians.  Courses are now being slashed, jobs are being lost and campuses are closing.  The Liberal-National Government..