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The Indi Weekly Scoop 27 October 2017

Posted October 27, 2017



It was wonderful to welcome the students and teachers from schools in the Ovens Learning Community to Parliament House on Tuesday 25 October.


High Court decision

The High Court decision has provided clarity on the elected status of several MPs. Read Cathy's statement here.

Call to govt: Values must guide treatment of Manus detainees

Cathy has continued the push for better treatment of asylum seekers throughout the closure of the detention centre on Manus Island on 31 October.

Ageing and aged care need greater support

Recognition of our ageing population is needed to ensure the provision of care and to make the most of Australians’ increased longevity.

Congratulations Wodonga on Minister’s Award for early years project!
Wodonga City Council has won the Minister’s Award for Improving access and participation in early learning in the Victorian Department of Education’s Early Years Awards 2017. Learn about the No One Left Behind and many community partnerships involved here


Prosecco proud! Wine makers’ best approach to keep industry bubbling along

The wine industry is a huge part of North East Victorian economy and lifestyle, and the King Valley has become the Australian home of prosecco. Cathy recognised the business and tourism vision and value of local wineries, particularly Brown Brothers, in Parliament. 

Marysville and Stanley honoured ahead of Remembrance Day 2017

Remembrance Day this year will mark 100 years since Beersheba and the Light Horse and 75 years since Kokoda. Marysville RSL and the Stanley Cemetery Trust have been acknowledged in Parliament for their planned commemorations.

Local skills deliver Upper Murray 2030 vision

Cathy has congratulated Towong Shire Council and the Upper Murray 2030 board for delivering on the Upper Murray 2030 Vision Plan. The plan is a community-led project aiming to deliver a detailed and commercially viable plan for the Upper Murray.

Legislation which passed the House of Representatives this week:

  • Australian Grape and Wine Authority Amendment (Wine Australia)
  • Criminal Code Amendment (Firearms Trafficking)
  • Fair Work Laws Amendment (Proper Use of Worker Benefits) Bill 2017
  • Family Trust Distribution Tax (Primary Liability) Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding)
  • Fisheries Legislation Amendment (Representation)
  • Fringe Benefits Tax Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding)
  • Income Tax (TFN Withholding Tax (ESS)) Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding)
  • Income Tax Rates Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding)
  • Medicare Levy Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding)
  • Nation-building Funds Repeal (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding)
  • Regulatory Powers (Standardisation Reform)
  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Better Targeting Student Payments) Bill 2017
  • Superannuation (Excess Non-concessional Contributions Tax) Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding)
  • Superannuation (Excess Untaxed Roll-over Amounts Tax) Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding)
  • Taxation (Trustee Beneficiary Non-disclosure Tax) (No. 1) Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding)
  • Taxation (Trustee Beneficiary Non-disclosure Tax) (No. 2) Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding)
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (Improving Accountability and Member Outcomes in Superannuation Measures No. 2) Bill 2017
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (Untainting Tax) (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding)
  • Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Omnibus)

Browse all Bills and legislation here 


Regional partnership report released

The Ovens Murray Regional Partnership 2017 has released a report on its July Regional Assembly in Wodonga. The assembly, made up of community members, the Premier, Ministers, local MPs, senior Government representatives and Partnership members, discussed building a strong region in a rapidly changing environment.

Rural Women’s Awards nominations close 29 October

The AgriFutures Rural Women's Award acknowledges and supports the essential role women play in rural industries, businesses and communities. $10,000 bursaries are available in each state and territory to support emerging women leaders to implement their award vision. 

Birds in the back yard

There’s still time to participate in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, the biggest citizen science project in Australia. 

Have a say on Financial Literacy Strategy

ASIC (Australian Securities and Investments Commission) has released at National Financial Literacy Strategy to support activities to strengthen financial capabilities within individuals, families and communities. They are looking for feedback on their consultation paper.


  • Saturday 28 October: Myrtleford Show opening 10.30am, Stanley World War I Memorial Rotunda opening 2.30pm
  • 31 October – 2 November: Regional development in the spotlight when Cathy attends public hearings in Geraldton, Kalgoorlie and Newcastle for the inquiry into regional development and decentralisation
  • 15 November: Celebrate Jamieson Hall Jamieson Hall Renovation Project (10am) and Bonnie Doon Memory Lane Project (11.45am) – all welcome!

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