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Napthine Fails To Create Jobs

After nearly three years in office, the Napthine Liberal Government has failed to produce a jobs plan to address unemployment in Victoria. Victoria’s unemployment rate in May 2013 was 5.6%, with ABS figures showing that in the May quarter reporting period, 50,300 jobs were lost..

Schools in the Northern Metropolitan Region Neglected

Jenny visited Lalor Gardens Primary School on 28 June 2013 with Shadow Minister for Education, James Merlino and Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny to tour the school and meet with Principal Anne Hulett. The Napthine Government has failed to provide funding to the school to..

Napthine’s Woeful Investment In Our Kindergartens

The Napthine Government’s 2013-14 State Budget continues to massively short-changeVictoria’s pre-school children providing a woefully inadequate investment of only $7 million for kindergarten capital infrastructure for the next financial year.  Mr Napthine has continued the appalling legacy of Mr Baillieu by failing to adequately fund the..

Blowout in Waiting Times at Local Hospitals

The Napthine Government has released its latest hospital data which shows a furtherblowout in the number of Victorians waiting for elective surgery. The Victorian Health Services Performance Data for the March 2013 quarter, showed thatalmost 18,000 patients were now waiting for surgery at hospitals in..

Seniors Programs And Activities Cut By 36%

Instead of investing in programs and policies to promote the participation of seniors in our community, the Napthine Liberal Government has cut funding for U3As and other seniors activities by a massive 36%.  The Government isn’t fooling anyone by planning to deliver the same services..

CFA Cuts Expected in State Budget

The Napthine Liberal Government’s budget cuts to the Country Fire Authority (CFA) are set to continue with reports that a further $40 million will be cut in this year’s State Budget.  Leaked documents revealed local CFA group officers were briefed by CFA command on the Napthine..

Napthine Government Sacks TAFE Chairs

The Napthine Government have continued the turmoil in Victoria’s vocational education and training system, having sacked or planning to sack up to 9 of the 14 TAFE board chairs. The shock pre-Easter sackings are supposedly about strengthening the economic credentials of TAFE boards.  This removal..

Surgery Waiting List To Hit 55,000

The Statement of Priorities, contracts between Victorian health services and the State Government, showed that an unprecedented 55,000 people would be waiting for surgery by June this year and more people will be forced to wait longer for the care they need in Victoria. As..

Whittlesea Community Connections International Women’s Day Awards

International Women’s Day, celebrated annually on 8 March is a great way for the international community to recognise the social, economic and political achievementsof women worldwide. On Friday 15 March 2013, Jenny, along with the Member for Mill Park, Lily D’Ambrosio, Member for Yan Yean,..

TAFE CUT RESTORATION TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE

The Victorian Coalition Government’s decision to rip $290 million a year – almost $1.2 billion over four years – out of TAFE funding, was a decision that has had an appalling impact on Victoria’s TAFE students. These cuts were so savage that even the Minister..

Baillieu Government Internal Crisis is Impacting the Victorian Economy

The Baillieu Government’s internal crises’ are impacting the Victorian economy.  Australian Bureau of Statistic State Final Demand figures show that Victoria is now in recession and is the third worst performing economy in the nation. Investment in Victoria had fallen 5 per cent over the last..

Parents Affected By Savage Cuts To Education

As schools resume for 2013, parents sending their children back to school are feeling the  impact of two years of savage cuts to education in Victoria. In the Northern Metropolitan Region families have made it clear that they are struggling to deal with the $555..

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,..