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Indi Weekly Scoop - October 16, 2015

Posted October 16, 2015



  • This Week in Parliament
  • Bills Passed
  • Opportunities for Young People
  • Community Services
  • Grants / Nominations / Inquiries / Events
  • Press Releases
  • Diary Highlights

The Week in Parliament

Rural Health Providers

This week saw Multi-Purpose Service Providers in Canberra lobbying for appropriate funding for their health services. Cathy asked the Minister about this in Parliament. Cathy also spoke to the House about the success of Albury-Wodonga Health. This includes an important new oncology program for the Border region.

Rural Unemployed Supported with Vote

Cathy voted against social security legislation amendments seeking to tighten restrictions on the unemployed. She called for a multi-faceted plan for getting people into work, particularly young people in rural areas. The legislation has passed the House of Reps and has now passed to the Senate.

Nation’s Historic Farming Families Acknowledged

On Monday the Glass family of Yackandandah was acknowledged in Parliament for their almost 160-year association with the Allans Flat farm “Redlands”. Cathy acknowledged this history – and others’ – in a speech highlighting the Century Farm and Station Awards.

Young Rural Carers

Cathy spoke on Monday about the Young Carers’ Mentor Program which supports young, often isolated people from our community caring for an ill or disabled family member. Cathy calls on all community members to support this program by mentoring a young person.

Vale Don Chambers

Tuesday brought the sad and untimely news of the death of local community leader Don Chambers, Indigo shire councillor from Rutherglen. Cathy spoke warmly to Parliament about Don’s leadership and the great loss his death brings to Rutherglen and the wider North East community. Don is pictured above with Cathy and Indigo mayoress Karen Gaffney at Rutherglen's Winery Walkabout in June.

Refugee call

Cathy yesterday repeated her calls on the Government to get children out of detention. She acknowledged a group of religious leaders from across the spectrum who met with parliamentarians to discuss asylum seeker and refugee policy.

Be part of Indi’s future!

Indi Summit: over 150 already registered

With just over a week to go, the Indi Summit is looking great for democracy! There will be some 17 subject areas under discussion, ranging from climate change to communications, transport and health services, with facilitators to tease out ideas and clarify a community strategy. Young people are especially called on to participate and register for the event. Make your voice heard and take part in crafting the future!

Bills passed in the House of Reps this week 

Omnibus Repeal Day (Autumn  2015)

Shipping Legislation Amendment

Amending Acts 1980 to 1989 Repeal

Customs Amendment (Fees and Charges)

Statute Law Revision (No.2)

Customs Depot Licensing Charges Amendment

Australian Immunisation Register

Customs Depot Licensing Charges Amendment

Australian Immunisation Register (Consequential and Transitional Provisions)

Social security Legislation Amendment (Further Strengthening Job Seeker Compliance)

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (Forum on Food Regulation and Other Measures)

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cost of Living Concession)

Health Legislation Amendment (eHealth)

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Low Income Supplement)

Education Legislation Amendment (Overseas Debt Recovery)

Student Loans (Overseas Debtors Repayment Levy)

Leadership Opportunities for Young People

  • My First Speech – competition is open until October 23. Details here.
  • Sail the High Seas – ballot for participation now open. Apply here.

Community Services

  • Federal / State Bushfire Assistance – now available. Details here.
  • Wodonga Listening Post: Australia Post – an informal opportunity to discuss issues, give ideas and learn more. October 29 – 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Details here.
  • Centrelink’s Desert Pea visits Mansfield and Porepunkah – Australian Government Mobile Service Centre visiting Mansfield Thursday October 15 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m and Porepunkah on Tuesday October 27 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Details here.

Grants / Nominations / Inquiries / Events

  • Rural R&D grants – now available. Further info here. To December 1
  • Victorian Young Achiever nominations open – nominations open. More info here. To December 11
  • Parliamentary entitlements – submissions to October 21
  • Friday Night Conversations – Steve Tinker / Telstra Countrywide Area GM – Albury-Wodonga Community College, 63 High St, Wodonga – October 30, 5:30 p.m.
  • Humanitarian Settlement Services local area meeting – St Ives Hotel, Wodonga – 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., November 19. More info here.

 Press Releases this week

  • Cancer treatment partnership welcome news for patients in the North East–October 13
  • Century of farming family heritage – October  14
  • Regional unemployed need more support – October 15
  • Bushfire assistance now available – October 15

Cathy’s Diary

  • Opening of Stage 2 Greta Heritage Group Gathering Place – Sunday, October 18
  • Parliament – October 19 – 22
  • Indi Summit – October 24

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