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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..

La Trobe University Hockey Club 45th Anniversary Celebration

On 5 May 2012 Jenny, along with the Member for Bundoora, Colin Brooks and the CEO of Hockey Victoria, Ben Hartung attended the La Trobe University Hockey Club’s 45th Anniversary. This sporting club is one of the largest at La Trobe University with over 15 registered competitive teams participating..

Timehelp Manningham

On 14 May 2012, during National Volunteer Week, Jenny attended the launch of Timehelp Manningham.  Through Timehelp, the expertise of senior volunteers is matched with the needs of schools, assisting children with tasks such as reading and writing support, gardening and grounds maintenance, mentoring, subject..

Where’s The Funding For Mental Health Rally

On 3 May 2012, Jenny, along with her Labor collegues, attended the Health and Community Services Union’s Mental Health rally on the steps of Parliament to campaign for fair pay and conditions along with funding to improve mental health services.  Despite their election promise, the..

William Ruthven Secondary College Misses Out

On 20 April 2012, Jenny, together with the Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Andrews, Member for Preston, Robin Scott and Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny visited William Ruthven Secondary College.  The Baillieu Government has ignored calls by the community, Darebin Council and local MPs to use the..

Give Pensioners A Fair Go Mr Baillieu

On 19 April 2012, Jenny, together with the Shadow Minister for Cost of Living and member for Mil Park, Lily D’Ambrosio, attended the Fair Go For Pensioners Rally on the steps of Parliament House.  Under the Baillieu Government, senior Victorian are paying more for stamp..

Chaldean Babylonian New Year 7312

I also had the pleasure of attending the Chaldean Babylonian New Year Festival on Sunday 1 April 2012 at the Coburg Lake Reserve which celebrated the 7312 Babylonian Year, which originated from the Chaldean Babylonians in the land of Mesopotamia.  This festival also known as..

Assyrian Babylonian New Year Festival

On Saturday 31 March 2012, I had the pleasure of attending the Assyrian Babylonian New Year Festival celebrating the year 6762.  This festival also known as the Akitu Festival marks the arrival of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and dates back to Ancient Mesopotamia.  There..

Victorian Trades Hall Council WorkCover Rally

On 29 March I attended a rally by the Victorian Trades Hall Council on the steps of Parliament protesting the raid of $471.5 million of WorkCover dividends by the Baillieu Government. The Baillieu Government’s redirection of dividends to cover up its mismanagement of the Victorian..

United Voice Clean Start Campaign Rally

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..

Reservoir 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..