Socialist Left firebrand Jenny Mikakos, a former Parliamentary Secretary for Justice, and fierce factional rival of Victorian cabinet minister Theo Theophanous is said to have a close family connection with the person at the centre of recent serious allegations levelled at him.
The Greek-Australian community is naturally abuzz with talk about their most senior and respected politician being accused in this way and many are starting to question whether political rivalries might have played a role.
MIKAKOS FAMILY TIES WITH THE ACCUSER
They explain that Mikakos’s name was originally Michalakakos. Her father is a well-known figure in the Greek community in Melbourne. Ironically considering her Socialist Left allegiance now, Michalakakos was once considered a prominent supporter of the right-wing ‘royalist’ or ‘general’s’ cause in Greek politics.
The Mikakos father and his family formed a close association with their friends from the same region in Greece, the accuser’s family. They bonded over many years as the accuser’s family owned a milk bar in Northcote which was very close by the Michalakakos home.
They frequently discussed politics, Greek community sources say, sharing in common support for the right-wing forces back home in Greece.
Since then, the Michalakakos daughter – Jenny -Â joined the extreme left faction, the Pledge Left and then later jumped ship to the Socialist Left. She went on to become a Parliamentary Secretary for Justice and now Planning. She is well known for being a particularly hostile foe of Minister Theophanous both within the Labor Party and in the Greek community.
MOTIVE AND OPPORTUNITY
She potentially stands to benefit also from a major reshuffle, being part of the arguably poorly represented Carr sub-faction of the Socialist Left (which boasts no ministers at all in the Brumby cabinet, possibly on literacy grounds) and from the upper house where a vacancy could arise if Theophanous was eventually forced out.
Sources say that in one proposal doing the rounds that Labor Unity would accept a promotion ofÂ Jenny Mikakos as a loan to be compensated when Batchelor leaves his place in the lower house. They say Mikakos has been pushing Carr to deliver on an old promise that she would be promoted.
Caucus insiders have told VEXNEWS that a larger reshuffle or a Mikakos promotion is far more likely than the scenario once talked up within DIIRD and by Evan Thornley that he would be quickly promoted to take over the department, given his claimed business credentials.