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,..


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,..

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..