On 28 March, I attended United Voice’s National Day of Action rally on the steps ofParliament, which aimed to highlight the poor working conditions of shoppingcentre cleaners. In November last year, I met with cleaners from Epping Plazaand they gave me firsthand accounts of the..
The Baillieu Government are set to cut funding to a playgroup in Darebin, which will leave vulnerable families in the area without crucial support, Shadow Minister for Children and Young Adults, Jenny Mikakos said. “The Government has refused to guarantee funding for the Supported Playgroup..
On 26 March 2012, Jenny visited the ‘Our Time’ Chinese supported playgroup in Reservoir, which is funded under the Supported Playgroups and Parent Initiative (SPPI) initiated by the former Labor Government. Supported playgroups aim to engage disadvantaged and vulnerable families to provide children the opportunity..
On 15 March 2012, Jenny hosted members of Darebin U3A ‘Day Tripper’ group for a morning tea and tour of Parliament House. Darebin University of the Third Age delivers a range of courses designed for older adults who are no longer fully employed. The courses provide..
On 16 February 2012, Jenny, together with the Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green, set up a stall at the Whittlesea Youth Employment Opportunities Fair. The free event was attended by many local young people and offered the opportunity for them to get in touch..
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..
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..
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..
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,..
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,..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..