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News from Murphy Street, April 4

Posted April 04, 2014

 

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News from Murphy Street, April 4, 2014

There’s been a lot of internal change at Murphy Street this week, and it’s all for the better.

A new look Cathy McGowan office is taking shape with a team of tradies frantically making alterations to the layout in the building. The refurbishment has meant there’s been a lot of noise coming from the office as men in hi-vis work gear carry out the extensive renovation. 

It’s also meant Office Manager Jill Smith and Political Advisor Karen Keegan have been forced out of their office space and into temporary digs in the backblocks of the building.

Cathy is visiting the Kinglake area on April 24, the day before she attends the Dawn Service at St Peter’s Church in Kinglake. More details will be out next week, but the Federal Member for Indi wants to catch up with as many people as possible while she’s in the Murrindindi Shire.

Cathy is also planning a ‘road trip’ later this year and will have an orange surprise in tow when she hits the Hume Highway and regional roads to tour towns in Indi to meet with constituents.

Many residents in the electorate will have been keeping an eye on recent announcements from the Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, regarding the NBN and it is encouraging to see the Government is starting to tackle the problem posed by the NBN roll-out.

The latest announcement is a $34 million spending package with two purposes. To expand the capacity of the existing NBN satellite, and secondly, service the 9000 people currently waiting for interim satellite in regional Australia, including residents in Indi.

Cathy will continue to work closely with the Government on this issue as well as engaging with local government to reach a good outcome for the electorate. 

Anyone interested in making a submission to the Agricultural Competitiveness Issues Paper has until April 17 to do so. It’s not closed to the agricultural sector, any individual or group can submit their thoughts on how to make agriculture sustainable long term. You can find more information on at www.facebook.com/CathyMcgowanForIndi and view some of the comments people have provided.

As you have no doubt heard, the International Court of Justice has ruled Japan must stop its whaling program in the Antarctic. The court ruled that Japan must revoke its current permits and not issue any more. The decision was decided on 12 votes to four in favour of Australia. Supporting the case that Japan's whaling program was not intended for scientific reasons.

This is great news and Cathy wanted to share her excitement at this ruling. If you would like to read the judgment you can access it at http://www.icj-cij.org/docket/files/148/18136.pdf