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The Indi Weekly Scoop 24 August 2018

Posted August 24, 2018


Benalla P-12College

photo: Benalla P-12 College student leaders were among the school groups who visited Parliament House this week.


Change of Prime Minister

Cathy will speak with the designate Prime Minister Scott Morrison about achieving the best outcomes in Indi. See her full message about the leadership change here: https://bit.ly/2PzfMB2

Social Security Commission Bill 2018

A Bill to establish a Social Security Commission was introduced by Cathy on Monday. Its purpose is to independently assess and evaluate the rates of welfare payments and benefits. The Bill comes after respondents to the 2018 Indi Budget Survey placed social welfare among the top five concerns for the electorate. Watch Cathy’s speech and question about the Bill.

Supporting the ABC

Watch Cathy’s speech about supporting the ABC here.

Indi schools visit Parliament

Six Indi schools, Galen Catholic College, Beechworth Secondary College, Edi Upper Primary School, Borinya Wangaratta Community Partnership, Benalla P-12 College and Wodonga Senior Secondary College visited Cathy at Parliament House during the past fortnight. The students spoke to Cathy about their leadership roles and gained better understanding of Cathy’s role as an independent MP. Watch Cathy’s speech about student leadership here: https://bit.ly/2OXx5KT

Jodee volunteers in Canberra office

Mongans Bridge resident Jodee Betheras enjoyed getting to know the inner workings of Parliament House this week as she volunteered in Cathy’s Canberra office. Jodee attended several events and even met former Essendon Football Club premiership coach Kevin Sheedy! To volunteer, email cathy.mcgowan.mp@aph.gov.au.



Constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Have you made a submission to the interim report released by the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (JSCCR)? Feedback can be made until 17 September 2018. A hearing will be held in Wodonga on 24 September 2018. Cathy is a member of the committee and spoke to the interim report in parliament this week. Watch the speech here.



Have your questions answered about NDIS

Have questions about the NDIS? Register for information sessions to be held at Wangaratta at the Performing Arts Centre and at The Cube in Wodonga next Tuesday 28 August. Information session in various languages will be held on Wednesday 29 August - email lucie@awecc.org.au or phone 02 6024 6895 for more details.

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.

Cash available for sporting groups

Applications to The Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program can be made until 14 September 2018. Grants can be used by sporting organisations, local government entities, educational institutions and not-for-profit organisations to fund small to medium capital projects, particularly improvements to existing sport infrastructure.

Funds for volunteers

Support volunteers at your local club by applying for up to $5000 through the Volunteer Grants 2018 program until 2pm on 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

Into Our Hands Foundation grants

Two funding streams have been announced by the Into Our Hands Community Foundation for this financial year. Grants support projects that assist those directly affected by the 2009 Beechworth-Mudgegonga Fire Complex. Click here to apply by September 10.


Legislation that passed the House this week

Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Foreign Media Ownership and Community Radio) 2017

Customs Amendment (Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus Implementation) 2018

Customs Tariff Amendment (Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus Implementation) 2018

Education and Other Legislation Amendment (VET Student Loan Debt Separation) 2018

Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) 2018

Farm Household Support Amendment (Temporary Measures) 2018

Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) 2018

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Student Reform) 2018

Space Activities Amendment (Launches and Returns) 2018

Student Loans (Overseas Debtors Repayment Levy) Amendment 2018

Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2018 Measures No. 1) 2018

Treasury Laws Amendment (Financial Sector Regulation) 2018

Unexplained Wealth Legislation 2018


Indi Weekly Scoop puzzles

Answers to 10 August puzzles: Cryptic town, Woods point.

Match the town. 1H, 2J, 3M, 4B, 5K, 6N, 7C, 8A, 9E, 10 O, 11F, 12G, 13L, 14I, 15D.

The Weekly Scoop puzzles are taking a short break. Look out for them again soon!

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