The Indi Weekly Scoop 1 June 2018
Posted June 01, 2018
above: Cathy was joined by Simon Gulliford, Dr Juliette Milbank, Mia McGaffin, Billie-Kate Rourke and Jasmine Hill at her Canberra office this week while Parliament was sitting.
INDI IN CANBERRA
Budget in Reply speech
Cathy is urging the Government to understand the impact of the 2018-19 Budget on those living in Indi. The 998 people who have responded to the Indi Budget survey have highlighted major issues as taxation, education and training, health and aged care, renewable energy and climate change and social security services. See Cathy’s speech here
National Redress Scheme supported
Cathy has spoken in Parliament supporting the redress scheme for institutional child sex abuse victims. Her speech, which can be viewed here, acknowledged the role of the Care Leavers Australasia Network; outlining the impact of sex abuse in the Sandhurst Diocese, and the experience of the Victorian Women's Trust in advocating on behalf of nuns who left religious orders to receive appropriate redress.
Yooralla’s 100 years commended
Local Yooralla services were acknowledged by Cathy in parliament this week, with the organisation marking 100 years of operating this year. Yooralla has been active in Benalla for 42 years, offering accommodation, support, respite and employment services to more than 150 people.
Homelessness needs a national plan
Cathy challenged National Party members to work with their Liberal colleagues on developing a better housing strategy for rural and regional Australia to address real and significant problems that exist across the country. Assistant Minister to the Treasurer, Michael Sukkar MP has since been in touch with Cathy and will speak with her and crossbench colleague Andrew Wilkie MP.
National education strategy
Cathy asked Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during Question Time if he would commit to developing a national regional education strategy, in line with recommendations in the Halsey report. See the question and response here.
Legislation that passed the House of Representatives this week
- National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse
- National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (Consequential Amendments)
- Communications Legislation Amendment (Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund)
- Road Vehicle Standards
- Road Vehicle Standards (Consequential and Transitional Provisions)
- Road Vehicle Standards Charges (Imposition – General)
- Road Vehicle Standards Charges (Imposition – Customs)
- Road Vehicle Standards Charges (Imposition – Excise)
- Water Amendment Bill 2018
- Treasury Laws Amendment (Black Economy Taskforce Measures No. 1)
- Private Health Insurance Legislation Amendment
- Medicare Levy Amendment (Excess Levels for Private Health Insurance Policies)
- A New Tax System (Medicare Levy Surcharge—Fringe Benefits) Amendment (Excess Levels for Private Health Insurance Policies)
Phone towers activated
New mobile phone towers at Enochs Point (Mt Terrible) and Granya have been activated. Stay tuned for more information about future mobile phone tower celebrations.
Bank wants to know about your project
The Yea and District community branch of the Bendigo Bank will be holding a forum to garner ideas about important community projects that could benefit from funding. The forum will be held on Monday, 25 June at Maranatha Hall from 5.30pm.
INDI IN THE NEWS
100pc solar energy
The Mars factory in Wodonga has gone entirely solar this week. See more here
Indi to be movie backdrop
Parts of Indi and some of its constituents are to be filmed for upcoming film The True History of the Kelly Gang, featuring Russell Crowe. To audition, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 9699 1377.
$7000 up for grabs for recycled art
The Swanpool Creative Recycled Art Prize, or SCRAP is calling for entries to its competition. The competition offers a total prize pool of $7000 and was to flush out the ‘back shed artisans’. Download the entry form here.
Saturday, 2 June and Sunday, 3 June – Voices for Indi Getting Elected Forum, Wodonga
Wednesday, 4 to 8 June – Cathy will be in Katherine this week with the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (JSCCR).
Sunday, 10 June –Politicians’ Grape Stomp Competition, Rutherglen Winery Walkabout
Monday 11 to 15 June – JSCCR hearings at Kununurra, Halls Creek, Broome and Fitzroy Crossing
Monday, 18 June – Parliament returns
Answers to previous week: Cryptic town, Swanpool. INDI knowledge, D
Cryptic: what Indi town is this?
Baseball glove – a – ski glove – a.
Who am I?
Test your knowledge. The fewer clues you use to determine the answer, the more points you get!
10 points My father was the Member for Indi for three years and later served in the Senate.
8 points His name was John Leckie.
6 points I was born in 1899 and went to Fintona Girls school
4 points I was awarded Dame of the Grand Cross and OBE “in recognition for her years of incessant and unselfish performance of public duty in hospital work”
3 points My name is commemorated at my birthplace of Alexandra.
2 point My husband was the longest serving Australian Prime Minister
1 point I am Dame Pattie Maie...