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Question Without Notice: Aged Care residential funding in low population density facilities

Question Without Notice, March 25, to Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews

My question is to the Minister for Social Services and it concerns support for aged-care residents in rural communities.
From 1 July 2014, a higher accommodation supplement will be paid for supported accommodation, provided that the service is newly built, has met the criteria for refurbishment and has a supported residents ratio of 40 per cent.
Minister, can you please tell the House what arrangements are in place where population density prevents providers such as Glenview Community Service in Rutherglen from meeting the 40 per cent ratio?
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News from Murphy Street, March 21


News from Murphy Street, March 21, 2014

There was no shortage of video clips this week of Cathy McGowan AO in Parliament, as the Federal Member for Indi made the most of speaking opportunities while in Canberra.

Of the six speeches, an important one was on behalf of constituents Jack and Jenny Murray from Tarrawingee, who’ve started lobbying governments to improve truck safety measures.

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Government needs to mandate new truck safety measures

Hansard copy of Road Safety speech, March 20, 2014

I rise to call on the government to introduce national regulation to mandate the use of electronic stability control, ESC, systems on dangerous goods tankers throughout the country.

It might seem ironic to some in this chamber that I am calling for more regulation during a week of mass regulation
repeal. However, I believe that the only way to get nationwide use of life-saving ESC systems is for the federal
government to act on this issue.

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Councils in Indi rely heavily on Roads to Recovery funding

Hansard copy of Roads to Recovery speech, March 20, 2014

Today I rise to speak in support of the Land Transport Infrastructure Amendment Bill 2014.

I want to commend the government on this bill, which, among other things, enables the continuation of the Roads to Recovery program, which provides vital funding to local governments for the maintenance of the nation's local road infrastructure beyond 30 June 2014.

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Bare details of Benalla Art Exhibition 2014

Hansard copy of speech, March 19

Next month, the Benalla Art Gallery will uncover the bare truth of art in lndi when the winner of the 2014 Benalla Nude art prize is revealed.

This award is for artwork depicting a naked human figure. With a prize of $50,000, the entries are sure to be blushingly good. 

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Wangaratta schools doing great work

Hansard copy of Wangaratta schools speech, March 18, 2014

I rise today to acknowledge the wonderful work being done by schools in Indi and to thank the staff, students and parents for all the work they do.

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the Wangaratta District Specialist School.

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RDA funding needs to be reinstated for vital infrastructure projects

Hansard copy of RDA round 5 funding speech, March 17, 2014

I rise today to speak in support of the member for Lalor. In particular, I wish to report to the House the disappointment that the people of Indi have expressed regarding the withdrawal of funding commitments under the Regional Development Australia fund rounds A and B.

The allocation of funding under rounds A and B was an investment in rural and regional communities. It enabled growth, created jobs and provided certainty for desperately needed community projects.


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Cathy questions Foreign Minister on ag and ed training for PNG women

Hansard copy of Question Time, March 17

My question is to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. I know that the minister has a real interest in Papua New Guinea, particularly the women of that country. She would know that at least 85 per cent of the food grown in PNG is grown by women and also that Australia funds important agricultural research in Papua New Guinea. Could the minister please tell the House what the plans are to take advantage of this research and fund agricultural training and development, particularly for the women of PNG?

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News from Murphy Street, March 14

A priority for Cathy this week was catching up with three councils in Indi: Indigo, Alpine and Benalla Rural.

Having close and productive links with local government is important, because councils are often the ones implementing and overseeing projects that have been funded at the Federal level.

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Federal Govt can do better on asylum seekers

Hansard Federation Chamber (Green) March 6, 2014
Today I rise to talk about the treatment of asylum seekers in Australia's detention centres here and overseas. 
Many of my constituents are concerned about the current treatment of refugees who seek asylum in Australia and feel there must be a better way. 
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