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Prime Minister promises Minister's visit within next month to begin rail upgrade process

May 19, 2017 1:02 PM

Ms McGOWAN (Indi) (14:17): My question is to the Prime Minister.

Mr Burke: You just added $10 billion!

Mr Bowen interjecting—

The SPEAKER: The member for Indi will resume her seat. The member for McMahon is warned. The Manager of Opposition Business will cease interjecting. The member for Indi has the call and she is entitled to ask her question.

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Social services legislation "not our best selves"

May 04, 2017 3:27 PM

Ms McGOWAN (Indi) (16:33):    I rise in the House today to say that I will not be supporting the Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 and to outline my reasons why. In doing so, just to put on the record, I do get the budget emergency argument but I do not get cruelty, I do not get inefficiency and I do not think we are being our best selves with this particular bit of legislation.

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Getting results the Indi Way

May 04, 2017 3:25 PM

Ms McGOWAN (Indi) (11:23): I am pleased to make my contribution to the address-in-reply and the debate on the Governor-General's speech. In December 2013, when I delivered my first speech in parliament, I said:

The people of Indi have a vision for a community where people feel they belong and have a sense of purpose, where people pull together and help each other, where diversity, acceptance and tolerance are valued; a community that has quality services, infrastructure, education, jobs and health and opportunities for the next generation.

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Independents call for mandatory code of conduct for banks

May 04, 2017 3:23 PM

Ms McGOWAN (Indi) (14:19): My question is to the member for Denison, under standing order 99. I refer to the private member's bill—order of the day No. 33, relating to the mandatory banking code of conduct—standing in your name. This bill is a great example of why it is important that we have Independent representation in parliament, and demonstrates how we as Independents are representing our communities in this place. Can the minister tell the House when he thinks the debate on the bill will be resumed, and what process is needed for the House to fully consider this bill so this important matter can be fully debated and our communities informed?

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Cooperation between governments needed to fix North East rail line

May 04, 2017 1:33 PM

Ms McGOWAN (Indi) (17:12): I would particularly like to welcome into parliament three of my constituents and say how good it is to have you here, Eliza, BJ and Pauline from Glenrowan. Welcome and thanks for turning up, because the topic I am going to be talking about is our money bill, Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2016-2017. I note that the cognate bill, Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2016-2017, provides for an appropriation of just over $905 million. Of this account, there is $81 million in equity funding to the Australian Rail Track Corporation for the delivery of network upgrades. This particular part of the appropriation bill is of real interest to people in my community. In my speech today, I would like to focus on the role of the Australian Rail Track Corporation. I would like to outline some of the problems we have with the Australian Rail Track Corporation and our railway line between Melbourne and Albury-Wodonga. My call for action is for the Victorian and Commonwealth governments to get together with industry and communities to resolve this particular problem, which has been going on for too long. Pauline, if I could say, I reckon you of all people here understand the problem with the railway line.

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Young people deserve a voice in decision making

May 04, 2017 1:17 PM

Ms McGOWAN (Indi) (17:48): I acknowledge the comments of the member for Fisher and say what a great idea it is to have a youth council, but I will get into my speech and do battle with you about other things you could do to engage with young people beyond a youth council.

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Wodonga and District Turf Club volunteer recognised

May 04, 2017 1:15 PM

Ms McGOWAN (Indi) (16:14): It gives me great pleasure today to introduce members of the Wodonga & District Turf Club and friends to the House, because we want to pay tribute to the Victorian turf club volunteer of the year 2016, Mr Terry Maher.


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Dairy farmers bring innovation to Canberra

March 24, 2017 3:11 PM

Ms McGOWAN (Indi) (13:32): I regularly rise in this place to talk about the importance of agriculture, and I am particularly proud today to welcome into the House some of my colleagues from Indi. A warm welcome to Stuart, to Scott, to Pat, to Patten, to Karen and to the mayor of Towong, David. They left their homes yesterday and have come up here today to talk to ministers and senior public servants about what is happening in the dairy industry in north-east Victoria. We have particular issues around water, around succession and transition between farms, around productivity, around energy, about growing the industry and about education. I appreciate the efforts you have made to be here today and am wishing you well with your meetings with everybody.

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Community leadership vital for policy initiatives to work

March 24, 2017 3:09 PM

Ms McGOWAN (Indi) (10:14): Policy is one of the main things that this government does. I have to say that I am so sad that in this government we do not have regional policy. I am told that we have not had a regional policy since John Anderson was the relevant minister. I have got a little bit of hope that the current minister, Senator Fiona Nash, is promising us something in early April. But it is in terms of policy that I would like to make my comments today, because, in terms of being effective, policy by itself just exists. Without leadership, it cannot be implemented. My comments today are about the role of community based leadership. In particular, if we want to make sure that government policy is effective in rural and regional Australia and delivers its outcomes, we have to work in partnership with our community leaders.

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Cathy says government response to childcare concerns disappointing

March 24, 2017 3:05 PM

Ms McGOWAN (Indi) (10:57): I am so disappointed to be here today, because we have missed an opportunity to provide services that meet the needs for rural and regional Australia. I have to say that the politicking with this policy, connecting core funding responsibilities of child care to welfare cuts, splitting the bills in the Senate, and then the reintroduction, is even more disappointing. To me it is a clear sign that someone in the system, someone in the government, is missing the point.

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