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Indi Weekly Scoop 2 March 2018

Posted March 02, 2018



The CEO of National Landcare, Jim Adams and the executive officer Miranda Gardner were in Canberra this week.


Mobile Phone towers switched on

Two new mobile phone towers have been switched on this week, eradicating yet more blackspots. The Tallangatta South and Killingworth towers are among the 38 delivered for Indi. Stay tuned for community celebrations. Read Cathy’s press release.

Moving on the North East rail track

The new Deputy PM, Michael McCormack has been given the Infrastructure and Transport portfolio. He is the Federal Minister responsible for the North East rail track upgrade and Cathy has contacted him about a meeting as soon as possible. On Monday, Victorian Transport Minister Jacinta Allan is catching the train to Benalla to host a briefing on what the Victorian Government is doing to improve the rail service. Read Cathy’s press releases here and here.

Chop chop gets the chop

A new law to cut down on of illicit tobacco – also known as “chop chop” – passed the House of Representatives this week. The law increases the penalties for possession and selling of illicit tobacco. The growing and sale of illegal tobacco has been a serious issue in parts of North East Victoria and has been linked with the black market and organised crime. Read Cathy’s press release.


Indi shines in autumn

Autumn is a truly glorious time in Indi. The weather is great and the calendar is filled with world class events. Tourism is increasingly becoming one of the largest industries in Indi — worth $692m and accounting for 20.3 per cent of the gross regional product. Cathy outlined the importance of better infrastructure for tourism growth. Can you guess Cathy’s favourite autumn festival? Watch the speech to find out.

Sign up for Parliament updates

The Parliament House website now allows you to track when a Member of Parliament makes speeches in the House. Visit the website and click the ‘track’ button on the top right-hand side of the page to get emails when the Hansard is published with speeches from MPs. Follow Cathy here.

Legislation that passed the House of Representatives this week

  • ASIC Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy Amendment 2017
  • Bankruptcy Amendment (Debt Agreement Reform) 2018
  • Communications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation and Other Measures) 2018
  • Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding for Proprietary Companies) 2017
  • Crimes Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme—Worker Screening) 2018
  • Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Fees Imposition Amendment (Near-new Dwelling Interests) 2018
  • Imported Food Control Amendment (Country of Origin) 2017
  • Intelligence Services Amendment (Establishment of the Australian Signals Directorate) 2018
  • Migration and Other Legislation Amendment (Enhanced Integrity) 2017
  • National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation 2018
  • National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) 2018
  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (14-month Regional Independence Criteria) 2018
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Measures No. 5) 2017
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No. 1) 2018
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (Illicit Tobacco Offences) 2018
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (Income Tax Consolidation Integrity) 2018
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (National Housing and Homelessness Agreement) 2018
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (Reducing Pressure on Housing Affordability Measures No. 2) 2018
  • Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Veteran-centric Reforms No. 1) 2018


Inquiry into SMEs and free trade agreements

Submissions are now being sought into how small and medium size enterprises have leveraged free trade agreements for exports. The Committee wants to understand both the opportunities and challenges that come from these agreements. For more information and to make a submission, visit the website.


Pushing for parity this International Women’s Day

The Victorian Rural Women’s Network is supporting a push for gender parity for this year’s International Women’s Day. The Network is asking for people to share tips on how rural and regional women can push for progress in their businesses, homes, farms and communities. Email these to VRWNetwork@ecodev.vic.gov.au.

Inauthentic Indigenous Art Hearings

Public hearings will be held in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne into the growing presence of fake Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 'style' art and craft products across Australia. Hearings will be held from March 1 – 8. Find out more.

National plan to tackle elder abuse

A national plan to deal with elder abuse was launched this week. The plan includes a national study to better understand the prevalence of elder abuse in Australia. Find out more here.

Rural Minds stops off in North East

Next week the Rural Minds Road Trip makes five stops in the North East.  Roaming ambassador Luke Smith is taking his bus – and his family of nine – to talk to rural people about mental health and wellbeing. The four-hour workshops are free and registrations can be made by emailing lukesmith@rrmh.com.au or phone 0429878766. The timetable is:

  • Mansfield – 6 March
  • Benalla – 7 March
  • Wangaratta – 8 March
  • Beechworth – 13 March
  • Wodonga – 14 March


  • 5 March – Briefing on the North East Corridor Upgrade, Benalla
  • 6 March – Meeting with Northern Victoria Refugee Support Network, Benalla
  • 8 March – International Woman’s Day Year 11 Girls Career Breakfast, Wangaratta
  • 8 March – International Woman’s Day Morning Tea at Borinya, Wangaratta
  • 9 March – Flowerdale Community Forum, Flowerdale CFA Shed 7pm.

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