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Petitions - children in detention timelines and Towong residents call for Government funding

Posted October 20, 2015

 

CATHY McGOWAN (Indi) (16:08): I rise to present a petition from Dr Penny Vine. Dr Vine is petitioning the government to legislate time limits in detention for asylum seekers, with a maximum of 30 days for adults and five days for children. This petition contains 14 signatures, which brings the number of signatures in the series to a total of 529.

The petition read as follows—

To the Honourable The Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives.

This petition of concerned citizens of Australia:

Draws to the attention of the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives our deep concern about the proven physical and psychological damage of indefinite and arbitrary detention of asylum seekers.

We therefore ask for legislated time limits of detention with a maximum of 30 days for adults and 5 days for children.

from 14 citizens

Petition received.

I present a petition from Mr David Wortmann, from Granya. It contains 324 signatures. Mr Wortmann is petitioning the government to contribute $2.6 million for infrastructure improvements, as outlined by the Towong Shire Council's National Stronger Regions Fund application, "Destination Tallangatta", to create a prosperous and sustainable Tallangatta for the next 60 years and beyond.

The right of petitioning is a long-established, fundamental right of citizens. It is the only direct means by which an individual or group can ask the parliament to take action. All other processes involved communication either through a member or a senator. Since being elected as the member for Indi I am privileged to have presented 12 petitions to this parliament across a range of issues, including the two I present today. I congratulate my constituents and thank them for their work. I am proud to have these petitions tabled.

The petition read as follows—

This petition of: residents, ratepayers and supporters of the Shire of Towong, 

Draws to the attention of the House: that 2016 marks sixty years since Tallangatta was relocated to accommodate the expansion of Lake Hume.

Tallangatta has enormous potential to be a vibrant, sustainable town however much of its infrastructure is in poor condition due to a lack of investment at the time the town was relocated.

In 2012 Towong Shire Council undertook an extensive planning project called "Tallangatta Tomorrow" to identify how Tallangatta could secure a vibrant future and reach its potential as a prosperous regional town. To date, Council has delivered several projects from 'Tallangatta Tomorrow' totalling $10m.

The final stage of 'Tallangatta Tomorrow' will secure Tallangatta's long term viability. 'Destination Tallangatta', a $5.3m project will deliver key infrastructure, create links between new and existing infrastructure within the town, drive business investment and reinvigorate the central business district. Council has committed $2.52m to the project.

'Destination Tallangatta' will deliver significant economic benefits to the region, including almost 100 full-time jobs and an economic boost of over $10m during construction. Post construction economic benefits will total over $Sm annually plus 51 new full time jobs.

We therefore ask the House to: request the Australian Government to contribute $2.66m for infrastructure improvements, as outlined in Towong Shire Council's National Stronger Regions Fund application "Destination Tallangatta" to create a prosperous and sustainable Tallangatta for the next sixty years and beyond. 

from 324 citizens

Petition received.