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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.


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


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.


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 general@barrettcasting.com.au 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...

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