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News from Murphy Street, March 28, 2014

Posted March 28, 2014



News From Murphy Street, March 28

This week was the last sitting of Parliament until Budget week starting May 13, so it was a busy four days for Cathy.

There was a focus on the impact of tertiary education funding cuts for Indi, and changes to aged care funding and how this could affect aged care residents in facilities in certain parts of the electorate.    

On Tuesday morning, Cathy spoke at the launch of the National Council of Single Mothers & their Children Have a Heart documentary, which tells 10 stories of single mothers after the Newstart allowance was slashed on January 1, 2013.

Cathy supports an immediate rise of $50 in the Newstart allowance and joined with colleagues to highlight the need for overhauling the Newstart program and won a commitment from Clive Palmer to support this in the Senate.

Having met recently with aged care providers in Indi, Cathy learnt how they are in need of clarification and more information about changes being introduced on July 1 this year to the aged care funding model.

It was on their behalf she asked Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews in Question Time on Tuesday about funding arrangements for aged care residents in low density population facilities who could be affected due to the changes coming in this year. This was followed up by a briefing from Mr Andrews’ office.

On Tuesday night during an adjournment debate, Cathy made a speech about the importance of tertiary education in Indi, and how cuts to funding would inhibit teaching and learning, and have an impact on growth and innovation in the region.  

On Wednesday, Cathy told Parliament about the three Community Gardens in Indi­—Beechworth, Yackandandah, Toolangi Castella—and the important role they have played in helping communities bushfires.  She congratulated the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust on their support for the Sustainable Gardens Australia-led project, and the hard work put in by community members involved in the three gardens, which were implemented as bushfire resilience projects.

Today saw the first Indi Newsletter finalised and sent to the printers for delivery to letterboxes across Indi before ANZAC Day. The newsletter details what the Federal Member for Indi has been up to in the first seven months of her term in Indi. Cathy is looking forward to hearing back from people with their thoughts on the newsletter, her first to the electorate.      

Tonight Cathy is off to Marysville for a CFA medal presentation to CFA members from the Alexandra CFA Brigades, and Dookie tomorrow for the AGM of Australian Women in Ag.

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