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The Indi Weekly Scoop 21 September 2018

Posted September 21, 2018



Regional policy needed to support country areas

Meeting with Susan Benedyka and Matt Nelson from Hume Regional Development Australia complemented Cathy’s speeches in Parliament about the need for comprehensive regional policy. Cathy is calling on the government to commit to policy that includes regional education, infrastructure, population and drought considerations. Watch the speeches here.

Volunteers join Canberra office

Annie O’Shea, Candi Westney and Pauline Carson 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.

Sharing knowledge

Major Daniel Lee joined Cathy’s office this week to gain a working knowledge of politics through the Australian Defence Force Parliamentary Program. Find out more here.

School groups gain working knowledge of Parliament

Mansfield Secondary College (above) and Bright P-12 College visited Parliament this week. Email cathy.mcgowan.mp@aph.gov.au to organise a visit to Cathy's Canberra office.


Constitutional recognition committee to visit Wodonga

The Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples will be in Wodonga on Monday 24 September. The committee will visit Wonga Wetlands and Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service before the public hearing at Wodonga TAFEspace begins at 12.45pm.

Aged Care Royal Commission announced

Examining residential and in-home care for seniors as well as care for young people with disabilities living in aged care facilities will be a focus of the Aged Care Royal Commission announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison. More details about how to make a submission are to be released in coming weeks. In the meantime, complaints can be made to the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner, call 1800 550 552 or visit www.agedcarecomplaints.gov.au

Looking for funding for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) programs?

Applications for the Fostering Integration Grants program to support CALD organisations are now open. To be eligible for a grant, the applicant must be a not-for-profit organisation. Details here.

Have your say about sexual harassment

Submissions to the Sexual Harassment National Inquiry can be made until 31 January 2019. A hearing is planned for Albury-Wodonga. Stay tuned for details.  

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 from tomorrow. Dates and details here: www.voicesforindi.com/gabrielle_chan

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.

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

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

Criminal Code Amendment (Food Contamination) Bill 2018

Customs Amendment (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Implementation) 2018

Customs Tariff Amendment (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Implementation) 2018

Government Procurement (Judicial Review) 2017

Modern Slavery 2018

My Health Records Amendment (Strengthening Privacy) 2018

Treasury Laws Amendment (Supporting Australian Farmers) 2018


Coming up

Sunday 23 September: Ovens and Murray Football Netball grand finals, Wangaratta

Monday 24 September: JSCCR public hearing at TAFEspace, Wodonga

Tuesday 25 September: JSCCR public hearing at Rumbalara Football Netball Club, Shepparton

Wednesday 26 September: JSCCR public hearing at 55 Andrews Place, East Melbourne

Wednesday 26 September: Manufacturing Dinner, Wangaratta

Friday 28 September: AFL Grand Final Eve public holiday – Cathy’s Wangaratta and Wodonga electorate offices will be closed

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