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News from Murphy Street, March 21

Posted March 21, 2014

 

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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.

After hearing of the Murray’s harrowing story and the loss of four beloved family members, including a daughter, as a result of a horrific truck accident in 2009, Cathy made it a priority to speak in Parliament this week about the issue.

She called on the Government to introduce national regulations mandating the implementation of Electronic Stability Control systems on all dangerous goods trucks, with the aim of reducing serious truck accidents and fatalities.

Following the speech Cathy spoke to the Minister for Infrastructure and Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, who has agreed to discuss the issue with State transport ministers.

In her recent meetings with councils in Indi, councillors and staff made Cathy aware of the importance of Roads to Recovery funding to their Capital works programs. In Parliament on Thursday, Cathy spoke about this vital program when she supported the Government’s Land Transport Infrastructure Amendment Bill.

Earlier in the week, she also urged the Government to consider reinstating the Regional Development Australia Round 5 funding axed in December last year. This would greatly assist planned projects now in limbo, create jobs and help drive growth in Indi.  

And to get a true sense of what happened in Canberra, visit Cathy’s blog for Hansard copies.

For those out there who think Parliament is all work and no play, it wasn’t the case on Wednesday night when Cathy met a few celebrities at the ABC Showcase event.

Former Corryong Lee Kernaghan stood out at the ABC gathering with his trademark hat, and Macca (Ian McNamara) from the popular Australia All Over program was also up for a chat.

But the biggest drawcards of the night were undoubtedly the Wiggles and Cathy was one of many who lined up for a photo (see image attached) with the iconic children’s group, who will be in Indi in early April!

This weekend, Cathy is spending much of her time at the Yackandandah Folk Festival, opening the exciting community project, the Yack Station, MCing at the Town Hall and singing with the Yack Community Choir Sunday.

Next week, it’s back to Canberra and more raising of issues important to Indi communities.