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The Indi Weekly Scoop 23 June 2017

Posted June 23, 2017

 

Lutheran.jpgSchool captains from Victory Lutheran College Wodonga visited Parliament House this week.

INDI IN THE NEWS

Education reform will provide transparency and good governance for regional students

After extensive consultation and debate in a fiercely argued subject, Cathy opted for transparency and good governance for regional schools in supporting the passage of the Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017. Cathy welcomes the Senate amendment to revise the SES and will continue to lobby hard for adequate funding for all schools in Indi – State, Independent and Catholic.

Penalty rates

There has been a lot of interest in my position on penalty rates, and some confusion and misinformation. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions.

INDI IN CANBERRA 

Support for free and fair elections in PNG

Papua New Guinea is holding its general election next month and Cathy will be part of a government delegation of observers. Cathy asked the government in Question Time what support it is giving to ensure free and fair elections in PNG, where only seven women have been elected since independence in 1975. 

RDAs crucial to national inquiry into regional development

In Question Time on Thursday Cathy asked the Government about its response to the independent inquiry into the Regional Development Australia program. Regardless of the government's lack of a delivery date for the independent review into the Regional Development Australia program, Cathy is looking forward to working with the RDAs as a crucial part of the national inquiry into regional development.

Alpine resorts the place to be this Winter, Parliament told

Victoria’s Alpine resorts deliver $790 million to Gross State Product and more than 7,892 full time equivalent jobs. 

Contribution of Italian migrants acknowledged

Cathy acknowledged the contribution of Italian migrants to North East Victoria as she praised the recent Myrtleford La Fiera Festival in Parliament.

Support for no charge for paper bills

The Competition and Consumer Amendment (Paper Bills and Statements) Bill 2017 was introduced to the House by independent MP Wilkie, seconded by Cathy. 

Legislation passed:

  • See how Cathy votes here
  • Major Bank Levy Bill 2017
  • Medicare Guarantee (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2017
  • Medicare Guarantee Bill 2017
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (Major Bank Levy) Bill 2017
  • Fair Work Amendment (Repeal of 4 Yearly Reviews and Other Measures) Bill 2017
  • Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Fees Imposition Amendment (Fee Streamlining and Other Measures) Bill 2017
  • National Vocational Education and Training Regulator (Charges) Amendment (Annual Registration Charge) Bill 2017
  • National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment (Annual Registration Charge) Bill 2017
  • Passports Legislation Amendment (Overseas Travel by Child Sex Offenders) Bill 2017
  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Queensland Commission Income Management Regime) Bill 2017
  • Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Bill 2017 
  • Commercial Broadcasting (Tax) Bill 2017
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Quality and Safeguards Commission and Other Measures) Bill 2017
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Measures No. 3) Bill 2017
  • Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment (Support for Commonwealth Entities) Bill 2016
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Enterprise Incentives No. 1) Bill 2017
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Enterprise Incentives No. 2) Bill 2017

EFFECTIVE INDI

Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival gets workshops grant

Congratulations to the Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival which has received a $3000 Quick Response Grant from Regional Arts Victoria to facilitate workshops and performance with popular group Spiderbait.

INDI INVOLVED

Climate framework launched

Bursaries for young carers

An additional $1 million is available for the Young Carer Bursary Program 2018. Under the program, which Carers Australia has been delivering since 2015, annual bursaries of $3000 are awarded to young carers aged up to 25 to help them continue their education. 

COMING EVENTS

Cathy will be in Papua New Guinea next week as part of a delegation of four parliamentarians to monitor and observe the upcoming general election. Cathy has strong ties with Papua New Guinea through her relationships with PNG Women in Agriculture. There are 3,324 candidates, of whom 165 are women and 79 per cent are independent. Since independence in 1975 only seven women have been elected.