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Indi Weekly Scoop - February 11, 2016

Posted February 11, 2016



Time for backflip on #backpackertax

An increase in the ‘backpacker tax’ will have a negative impact on farms and food producers reliant on temporary workers. In Question Time today, Cathy asked Treasurer Scott Morrison what the Government would do to stop this tax change. Cathy is supporting constituents in Indi concerned with the tax increase, and the National Farmers Federation and Victorian Farmers Federation #backpackertax campaign. The tax increase was included in the 2015-16 Budget and legislation is yet to be presented in the House of Reps. Cathy shares concerns the increase in tax from 19 to 32.5 per cent will deter backpackers and overseas workers from working on farms in regional Australia. View the response here.

Standing up for our vulnerable

A number of Social Services Bills went through the House this week. These contain some measures that will impact on the most vulnerable in our community. Cathy did not support two proposed measures to reduce income support and assistance available to those on the lowest incomes which will particularly impact families with children, women and people with disabilities. Cathy understands the need for savings and reform; however, this approach by Government should be fair to people relying on benefits to maintain a basic standard of living.

Competition key to lower fuel prices

Regional Australia is disadvantaged by a lack of competition. This is the major reason behind higher petrol pump prices in towns in Indi. Constituents have been seeking answers to high fuel prices in Mansfield. Cathy has pointed to the success of the Yackandandah Community Development Company petrol station to deliver competitively-priced fuel. This social enterprise model has also delivered other benefits for the community, including funding for projects. Cathy believes competition is essential and encourages people to look at options to deliver lower petrol prices and other potential services in towns.     

Speeches –Feb 8-11

House of Reps legislation passed – Feb 8-11

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Budget Repair)

Tax laws Amendment (Implementation of the Common Reporting Standard)

Australian Crime Commission Amendment (National Policing Information)

Australian crime Commission (National Policing Information Charges)

Social Services legislation Amendment (Family Measures)

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) (No. 2)

Water Amendment (Review Implementation and Other Measures)

Insolvency Law Reform

Communications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation and Other Measures)

Telecommunications (Numbering Changes) Amendment

Tax Laws Amendment (New Tax System for Managed Investment Trusts)

Income Tax Rates Amendment (Managed Investment Trusts)

Medicare Levy Amendment (Attribution Managed Investment Trusts)

Income Tax (Attribution Managed Investment Trusts – Offsets)

Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding)

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures)

Criminal Code Amendment (Firearms Trafficking)

Get involved

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science through XPotential are delivering an export readiness workshop on tomorrow in Albury. Food manufacturers, new to exporting, or who want to grow their existing market, are encouraged to attend. Register via email el@industry.gov.au.

Location: Ai Group Office 560 David Street, Albury Time: 8.30am for 9am

National competition to honour Vietnam Vets

Students in Year 10 and 11 are encouraged to enter the Federal Government’s Honouring Australian Vietnam Veterans. On 18 August this year, the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan will be recognised. Submissions online.

Build your leadership skills

North East Catchment Management Authority is holding a seven-day leadership Landcare and Agriculture Leadership Program starting in March. Applications online.

Think local, study global

Expand your horizons! A Churchill Fellowship is a fantastic way to study overseas and carry out research in a specific area to help grow your industry or community. Applications for 2016 open 28 February online and close 15 May.

Take your town to Art!

Small towns in Indi have a shot at funding for a major arts community project to help transform your town. Cathy is encouraging all the participants in the #Indiarts group at the Summit to #RAVsmalltowns grants are open until midday on 29 February. Details online.

Health scholarships on offer

First year nursing and allied health students can apply for 2016 Give Them Wings scholarships, valued at $2500. Applications close 31 March. Apply online.


°         National Stronger Regions Fund - Round 3 closes 15 March. Information here

°         Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Small Grants for Rural Communities – Close 24 March. Grants up to $5000 are available. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or under. Information here

Cathy’s diary

Thursday, February 18 – Listening Posts Alexandra & Bonnie Doon visit - information online

Friday, February 19 – Alpine Valleys Community leadership Program guest speaker

Friday, February 19 - North Melbourne FC Business luncheon, Huon Hill Hotel, Wodonga

Saturday, February 20 - Listening Posts – Yarrunga & Wangaratta – information online

Saturday, February 20 – NAB match, North Melbourne v St Kilda


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