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The Indi Weekly Scoop 14 September 2018

Posted September 14, 2018


Calls for National Energy Policy

Indi’s renewable energy actions can provide the framework for national change. Cathy used her 90 second statement, three minute statement and question in Parliament on Wednesday to urge the government to commit to energy policy and highlighted the wonderful community energy efforts happening in Yackandandah. Cathy was joined by AusNet Services Managing Director Nino Ficca and General Manager Alistair Parker.



Courage, persistence bring national change to Family Law Act

The Family Law Amendment Bill 2018 will help to reduce the enormous stress vulnerable witnesses face during cross-examination in court proceedings. Credit must be given to 'Eleanor', form North East Victoria, who had the courage and persistence to call for this change. The work that went into passing this Bill shows how individuals and communities can effect national change.


Update on honey imports

Beechworth Honey’s Jodie Goldsworthy and Costa Group’s Rob Costa met with Cathy and other ministers’ offices this week to discuss honey adulteration and the impact on local trade. Cathy will continue to follow developments and seek local advice.

Talking politics with Michelle Grattan

Listen to Cathy and Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie speaking to Michelle Grattan for her weekly podcast about how Independents actions in parliament benefit their communities.

Make submissions to Sexual Harassment National Inquiry

Submissions to the Sexual Harassment National Inquiry can be made until 31 January 2019. Cathy met with Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins in parliament this week to speak about women in agriculture and sexual harassment in parliament. A hearing is planned for Albury-Wodonga. Stay tuned for details.  

Volunteers join Canberra office

Ben McGowan, Ted Hunt and Dave Fuller attended several events and gained first-hand knowledge of the work in Parliament House this week as they volunteered in Cathy’s Canberra office. They joined intern Donald Ritchie. To volunteer, email cathy.mcgowan.mp@aph.gov.au.



National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

A ballot for people to attend the National Apology at Parliament House on October 22 is now open. 400 places are available and nominations can be made here until 25 September. The apology will be televised nationally.

Author to discuss shift towards Independents

Listen to Gabrielle Chan speak about country voters’ swing away from major political parties at events in Mansfield, Albury, Violet Town, Wangaratta and Shepparton this month. Dates and details here: www.voicesforindi.com/gabrielle_chan

Constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Submissions are due by Monday, 17 September to the interim report released by the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (JSCCR). A public hearing will be held in Wodonga on 24 September 2018. Cathy is a member of the committee and spoke to the interim report.

Do you have concerns about PFAS contamination?

A community information session to answer concerns as part of the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Federal Government’s management of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination in and around defence force bases will be held in Wodonga on Monday 17 September from 4pm to 7pm. Details here.

Empowering girls and women

Have you seen the That Girl video? That Girl Wodonga is a community dance video project involving the Bhutanese and Indian communities of Albury-Wodonga. It aims to empower girls and work towards keeping all women and girls safe from violence. Cathy spoke at the filming and dance dinner earlier this year and is encouraging people to watch the video. Find out more here: www.thatgirlsong.com

Nominate to be an ambassador

The Superstars of Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) program is looking for 60 women to nominate as ambassadors. Apply here before 23 September.

Find out more about government grants

Need help applying for Commonwealth funds? Find out more at Towong Shire Council’s free workshop on September 17.

Have your say about the music industry

Do you have thoughts on how Australian composers, songwriters, performers, and producers can expand their reach and better compete with overseas artists? Make a submission to the Parliamentary inquiry into the Australian music industry by September 21.

Funds for volunteers

Support volunteers at local clubs by applying for up to $5000 through the Volunteer Grants 2018 program until 2pm on Tuesday 18 September 2018. https://bit.ly/2MwbbOb

Have your say about petitions

Want to have a say about petitioning the House of Representatives? Make a submission to the House Standing Committee on Petitions Inquiry before 12 October 2018. Find out more here or email petitions.committee.reps@aph.gov.au

Applications for ABC Heywire close this weekend

Time is running out to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Heywire Regional Youth Summit, and have your story featured on the ABC. Applications close Sunday 16 September.


Need help from Centrelink?

Centrelink’s mobile services centres will be heading to three rural Indi locations in October. Staff will be on hand to help out.

  • Attree Park, Jardine Street, Corryong from 10.30am to 4pm on 9 October
  • Opposite Memorial Hall, Tallangatta from 9.30am to 4pm on 10 October
  • Opposite Yackandandah Hotel, William Street, 9.30am to 2pm on 11 October


Legislation that passed the House this week

Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) 2018
Tobacco Plain Packaging Amendment 2018
Veterans Entitlements Amendment 2018


Coming up

Monday 17 September: Parliament resumes

Monday 17 September: Mansfield Secondary College visit Parliament House

Wednesday 19 September: Meetings with Hume Regional Development Australia

Thursday 20 September: Bright P-12 School visit Parliament House


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