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Indi Weekly Scoop October 22, 2015

Posted October 22, 2015



Students from Wangaratta's Cathedral College visited Parliament House on Wednesday 21 October

• This Week in Parliament
• Speeches / Press Releases
• Bills Passed by the House
• Indi Summit this Saturday
• Opportunities for Young People
• Community Services
• Grants / Nominations / Inquiries / Events
• Diary Highlights

This Week in Parliament

Family Law Loophole closed

Cathy moved her Private Members’ motion in the Federation Chamber on Monday, calling on the Government to close a loophole that allows perpetrators of family violence to cross-examine their victims in the Family Court. Cathy was supported in the Motion by fellow MPs Karen McNamara (Dobell), Graham Perrett (Moreton), and Sharon Claydon (Newcastle).

Rural Press supported

In Question Time yesterday, Cathy called on Special Minister of State, Mal Brough, to increase print advertising in rural and regional weekly newspapers. “Government advertising in rural and regional newspapers has decreased sharply. This not only impacts the community receiving Government information, but also the continued viability of rural newspapers.”

Higher Education Policy required for Rural Australia

Greater support for regional students and families was welcomed in Parliament yesterday by Cathy. Amendments to social services legislation relax testing of family income when assessing youth support payments. Cathy is now calling for Government to take the next steps to deliver better higher education outcomes for regional Australia. 

Indi Cultural Economy Report delivered

ANU student Ruby Holloway – intern in Cathy’s Canberra office – delivered her report on the cultural economy of Indi this week. It highlights the importance and value of arts to the community and explores ways of ensuring its continued vitality.

Parliamentary Speeches this week

  • Support for family violence victims in Family Court proceedings
  • Further NBN rollout welcomed
  • Marked the 10 year anniversary of Indi-Timor-Leste relationship
  • Tabled petitions: children in detention and Tallangatta’s future
  • Community banks highlighted
  • Cultural economy report tabled
  • Rural higher ed plan called for

Press Releases

  • Time to further protect family violence victims
  • Regional Australia to receive boost from China-Australia Free Trade Agreement
  • Government advertising crucial for rural communities and country newspaper viability

Bills passed in the House of Reps this week

Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2015

Tax Laws Amendment (Combatting Multinational Tax Avoidance)

Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Trustee Government)

Social Services Legislation Amendment (No Jab, No Pay)

Customs Amendment (China-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2015

Customs Tariff Amendment (China-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Bill 2015

The Indi Summit

This Saturday marks the culmination of extensive consultation carried out in the past two years: two Budget Impact Tours, Kitchen Table Conversations, and the Get in Cathy’s Ear postcard campaign, with more than 1600 people directly providing input. Held at the Lakeside Community Centre at the Benalla Showgrounds between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., there is still time to register to attend.

“This is delivering on my election commitment to undertake community engagement. This model of consultation is part of ‘The Indi Way’. It is a choice for the future to help communities make plans and take action to get results. I encourage the community to take ownership of the Indi Summit process. Through this, Indi will become a stronger place with communities able to identify needs and lobby Government.”

Leadership Opportunity for Young People

  • 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 Porepunkah – Australian Government Mobile Service visiting Porepunkah – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tuesday October 27. Details here.

Grants / Nominations / Inquiries / Events                         

  • Labelling of Imported Goods – have your say here. To October 30.
  • Humanitarian Settlement Services local area meeting – St Ives Hotel, Wodonga – 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. November 19. More info here.
  • Rural R&D grants – now available. Further info here. To December 1
  • Victorian Young Achiever nominations open – More info here. To December 11
  • Road Black Spot Program – community input sought. More info here.

 Cathy’s Diary

  • Indi Summit – 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. October 24
  • Beechworth Secondary School BBQ lunch with students – October 27
  • Australia Post Listening Post – Wodonga – 11:00 a.m. October 29
  • Friday Night Conversations – Steve Tinker / Telstra Countrywide Area GM – Albury-Wodonga Community College, 63 High St, Wodonga – 5:30 p.m. October 30


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