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Plan for Jobs and Growth

Victorian Labor’s Plan for Jobs and Growth will return Victoria to an economic powerhouse by creating jobs for Victorian families, investing in skills and training and providing an infrastructure pipeline.  The plan provides 67 practical and affordable initiatives that will secure Victoria’s economic future and..

Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic) Youth Reference Group

On 10 November 2012, Jenny attended a YACVic Youth Reference Group meeting and discussed various issues affecting Victoria’s youth, including cuts to TAFE, cuts to youth mentoring programs, and body image issues.  Last year the Baillieu Government cut the Mentoring and Capacity Building Initiative which..

BreastScreen Victoria Electorate Report Card Launch

On 24 October 2012, BreastScreen Victoria launched their second annual Electorate Report Card at Parliament House.  MPs pictured here at the launch from L-R are Maree Edwards, Sharon Knight, Ann Barker, Jane Garrett, Danielle Green and Jenny Mikakos.   The biggest risk factor for breast..

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

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..

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..

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..

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..

Godfrey Street Neighbourhood House, Labor Cares

On 15 June 2012, Jenny, together with the Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Andrews, visited the Godfrey Street Neighbourhood House in Bentleigh.  The centre continues to call on the Baillieu Government to reinstate funding to the Take a Break Occasional Child Care program, which was..