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Indi Weekly Scoop 10 February 2017


Grade 5-6 students from Beechworth Primary School visited Parliament House and learned about how government works – story below.


Question to Minister delivers results for local dairy farmers

Cathy called the Minister for Agriculture and Water Barnaby Joyce in Parliament on Tuesday to deliver the report on November’s dairy roundtables. On Wednesday morning a report was released recommending a review of the Farm Household Allowance scheme. The report will be discussed at a community meeting for dairy farmers on 22 February at 10am at the Tangambalanga Community Centre.


Cathy backs independents’ call for effective action on Centrelink

Cathy backed a call in Parliament on Tuesday to urgently review Centrelink debt recovery activities, supporting a motion by Independent Member for Denison Andrew Wilkie to acknowledge the severe financial and emotional toll the current debt recovery system is having on thousands of people.

Government called to bring on nation building with high speed rail

A bipartisan report "Harnessing Value, Delivering Infrastructure" has been released recommending setting up a framework for a high speed rail network in eastern Australia. Cathy called on the government to indicate when a high speed rail authority will be set up,

V/Line action before Parliament Monday 13 February

The poor rail service in North East Victoria will be heard in Parliament on Monday when Cathy brings a motion asking the government to ensure that passenger services and the transport needs of regional communities are considered core business for Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).

Migration amendment unnecessary and open to abuse

The government has proposed the Migration Amendment (Visa Revalidation and Other Measures) Bill 2016. Cathy voted against the amendment, saying she believed put too much power in the hands of the Minister without parliamentary oversight. The amendment passed the House and will now go to the Senate.

Legislation which passed the House of Representatives this week:

  • Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches)
  • Statute Update (A.C.T. Self-Government (Consequential Provisions) Regulations)
  • Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2016 Measures No. 2)
  • Corporations Amendment (Professional Standards of Financial Advisers) 
  • Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding)
  • Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Amendment
  • Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Levy 
  • Interactive Gambling Amendment
  • Migration Amendment (Visa Revalidation and Other Measures)


Beechworth Primary School in mock Parliament

A highlight of the week was the visit from Beechworth Primary School who participated in a mock session of parliament. They showed a great understanding of some of the pressing issues in Indi – trains, mobile phones and NBN. The session was filmed for a program by Annabel Crabb showing the workings of Parliament House.

Volunteers’ passion rewarded with opportunities in Parliament House
Three volunteers made the most of the week in the Canberra office. Hear about their experience here in three short videos:

Get in Cathy’s ear in Murrindindi

Come and talk to Cathy in Yea on 21 February from 4pm in the main street. Cathy will also be officially opening the Yea Toilet facilities, visiting the Eildon Boat Club and meeting with Landcare during her visit.


Parliament sits from 13-16 February.

  • Monday: Notice of Motion regarding ARTC in House of Representatives, and the introduction of a Private Members Bill to have rural and regional needs recognised in infrastructure planning
  • Tuesday: Release of the Closing the Gap 2017 report
    Tour of the innovationXchange with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Thursday: International Women’s Day Parliamentary Breakfast
  • Saturday: Rutherglen RSL 100 years celebration, and King River Brewing official opening

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