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Victoria’s cabinet changes erase multicultural representation

The Victoria Governor Linda Dessau AC swearing-in ministers of the Victorian Government to their new portfolios via video-link. Photo- @VicGovernor

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 29 September: Martin Foley replaced Jenny Mikakos as the new Health Minister, she quit after Premier Daniel Andrews blamed her for the hotel fiasco at the quarantine inquiry. She also quit her Parliament seat.

The Premier in a statement said, “I would like to thank Jenny for her many years of service to the Parliament and to the Government. I acknowledge her commitment and hard work in all of the portfolios she has held as a Minister. I wish her well.”

Martin Foley’s shift as the Health Minister vacated the Mental Health portfolio which was today filled by Deputy Premier James Merlino who also holds the Education portfolio.

Ingrid Stitt joins the Ministry as the State’s new Minister for Workplace Safety and Minister for Early childhood. She represents the Western Metropolitan area in the upper house.

“As Minister for Creative Industries, Danny Pearson’s great drive and energy will ensure that our reputation as the nation’s cultural capital is not only maintained – but stronger than ever.
Gayle Tierney will bring her extensive parliamentary experience and knowledge, serving in the role of Deputy Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council,” a media release from the Premier’s office says.

Meanwhile, the current resignation of Jenny Mikakos and the earlier exit of Adam Somyurek and Marlene Kairouz, after the branch stacking story in the media have erased multicultural representation in the Premier’s team.

Could this be a new challenge, as Victoria eases the virus restrictions, remains to be seen?

Victoria launches ‘Victoria Together’ online portal


By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 1 May 2020: To help keep Victorians connected – and help keep our creators creating – the Victorian Government has launched Victoria Together, a new online portal showcasing the best our state has to offer from live music and comedy to the amazing animals at Melbourne Zoo.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley today launched the new site as part of a dedicated campaign to help keep Victorians connected as we face coronavirus – together.

Premier Daniel Andrews says, “There’s nothing more Victorian than watching a live gig, trying out a recipe from one of our best chefs, or visit our
outstanding regional galleries – that’s why we’re bringing these experiences into people’s homes.”

“I know we’re asking a lot of Victorians at the moment but following the rules and staying apart keeps us together as a community.”

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley says, “This digital offering will not only share Victorian creative content with more people – but it will also help generate new opportunities for our creative industries hard hit by this pandemic.”

Victoria Together will also be home to a new online series developed with Mushroom Group, State of Music, which will feature weekly performances from some of our best home-grown talent.

The first episode will air this Sunday at 7.30 pm AEST and will be live-streamed on the site. The episode will be hosted by Rosie Beaton and feature an interview with James Reyne and performances from Birds of Tokyo, Diesel, and G Flip.

The project will also produce other local content, dedicated to supporting and sharing the talents of emerging local artists.

In addition to the State of Music project, the site will be supported by a grants and partnerships program of $2.35 million – mainly to help support creators digitize their content and generate new experiences online for Victorians
who are following health directions and staying at home. With many local artists having lost work, ACMI will help lead the curation of this new content from across our creative industries.

To experience everything Victoria Together has to offer, visit together.vic.gov.au.

‘This Girl Can – Victoria’ campaign inspiring thousands of women to get active

BY SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE,1 March 2020: Women of all ages and abilities will be inspired to get more active through a powerful new campaign launched today by the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos today launched the new This Girl Can – Victoria campaign, which focuses on positivity and the importance of seeing everyday women on social media.

New research from VicHealth found two-thirds of women are not motivated by #FITSPO images of women on Instagram and around a third feel bad or inadequate about their own bodies and fitness when they see #FITSPO images.

The research also found over three-quarters of women want to see a range of female body shapes in physical advertising.

More than half of Victorian women are not sufficiently active – taking part in less than 30 minutes of physical activity on five or more days a week.

Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos says, “This is about encouraging, motivating and inspiring women to become more active. Whether it’s yoga in your trackies, dancing with friends or playing a team sport – it’s about getting up and getting physical.”

“We are empowering women to feel comfortable in their bodies and in public spaces. Women should feel confident getting active whenever, wherever and however they choose – without worrying about being judged.”

Now in its third year, the campaign has encouraged more than 400,000 Victorian women to get out and get active.

The new ad campaign features everyday women from right across Victoria, including body-positive personal trainer Natasha Korbut and amputee swimmer Karen Veldhuizen, who are encouraging women to focus on how getting active makes them feel, rather than what they look like.

During This Girl Can Week from 23-29 March many physical activity providers, gyms and organizations offer fun, beginner-friendly events to increase the number of women walking through their doors.

The Labor Government provided $40 million in 2018/19 to support VicHealth activities promoting healthy eating, keeping people active and improving wellbeing.

VicHealth Head of This Girl Can Melanie Fineberg says, “Our research shows women want to see social media posts that promote women of all shapes and sizes getting active in a realistic way – sweat, red faces, jiggles and all.”

“Women in our ad celebrate how getting active makes them feel – whether it’s the fun of playing in a team, the calm of yoga or the joy of swimming. It’s about moving our bodies because it feels good and because we can.”

The This Girl Can – Victoria campaign is part of the Labor Government’s work to promote gender equality and increase female participation in sport and all forms of physical activity.

Labor boosts playgroups program with $22.1 million

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 1 March: In a big move in Victoria the Andrews Labor Government has announced $22.1 million to expand the Supported Playgroups program, which helps mums and dads improve their skills and gain more confidence in looking after their children.

More than 6,000 families facing disadvantage from across the state will be eligible for the extra parenting help and advice with the boost for supported playgroups.

Ms Mikakos was joined by Member for Broadmeadows Frank McGuire at a supported playgroup in Dallas to meet local families, who are among 450 Hume families who have access to this important service.

Currently, the playgroups operate in less than half of Victoria’s local government areas, but the expansion means they will soon be available across the entire state.

Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos said, “We are making sure eligible parents can access the extra support they need to raise healthy, happy kids who are
ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life.

“Supported playgroups are just one way we’re helping parents build their confidence and skills, meet other parents and create a positive home learning environment.”

A widening of the eligibility criteria will also result in more families being able to access the service, such as those experiencing family violence, social isolation, mental health issues or homelessness.

The program is about improving learning outcomes for families that need additional support, by fostering quality parent-child connections and making the most of the home learning environment.

Member for Broadmeadows Frank McGuire said,“Supported playgroups have already helped many local families in Dallas and other communities in my electorate – it’s wonderful to know mums and dads across Victoria will now be able to access this service.

“This is an important investment in the attributes that largely determine where we all end up in life: attitude, education, and opportunity.”

Playgroups are convened by trained facilitators, who provide specialist training advice as well as referrals to additional services.

It forms part of the State Government’s landmark $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan, which is focused on delivering better services to parents with young children, as well as early intervention for kids who need extra support, says a media release.

The Plan recognizes the importance of providing families with strong support in early childhood, so children get the best possible start in life.