The Indi Weekly Scoop 29 June 2018
Posted June 29, 2018
above: Cathy met with Mt Hotham Resort Management Board CEO Jon Hutchins and Minister Darren Chester at Parliament this week to discuss options for expanding the snow resort’s potential.
INDI IN CANBERRA
Regional Development and Decentralisation Report tabled
A way forward for regional development policy was finally announced in Parliament this week. The people of Indi made more submissions than any other regional electorate and will benefit from the recommendations in the report. Take a look at Cathy’s speech and the report from the Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation’s for more details.
Family Law Amendment
The introduction of the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross Examination of Parties) Bill 2018 to Parliament this week comes almost three years after Cathy called for laws to change. Cathy is proud to represent people like “Eleanor”, who had the courage to speak out and share her story.
One size does not fit all for education
Young people in Indi have told Cathy that education and training opportunities are a concern for them. Cathy this week introduced a Private Members’ Bill to establish a Regional Education Commissioner who would address inequality in regional access to higher education via a Regional Higher Education Strategy.
Regional Education Hubs
Cathy is encouraging education providers, school and community groups to apply for funding before July 27 as part of the Regional Study Hubs Program. The program aims to support students to remain in their local area to study all or part of their higher education.
Cathy acknowledged the tremendous work of former Indi MP and local champion Lou Lieberman in parliament this week.
North East rail works update
Cathy asked for an update about when the scope of works for the North East rail line would be released for public consultation during question time this week. Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said it would be released in coming months and confirmed the Australian Rail Track Corporation is responsible for delivering the consultation process.
Cathy would like to hear from young people in Indi about a Bill that proposes voluntary voting for 16 and 17 years old.
Representatives of the Department of Home Affairs will discuss the regulation and registration of migration agents when the Joint Standing Committee on Migration holds a public hearing as part of its inquiry into the efficacy of current regulation of Australian migration agents.
The full terms of reference are available on the Committee’s website, and the hearing will be broadcast live at aph.gov.au/live.
Mobile black spot tower activated
A new phone tower covering the Kinglake West and Yea South area was activated this week as part of the Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP).
Autism Advisory Group to guide NDIS
Following advocacy from local Indi families about gaps in the NDIS, the Minister has set up an Autism Advisory Group. The group’s formation also comes after Cathy asked a question on the topic in parliament.
Legislation that passed the house this week
- Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Amendment 2018
- Australian Research Council Amendment 2018
- Biosecurity Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) 2018
- Corporations Amendment (Asia Region Funds Passport) 2018
- Corporations (Review Fees) Amendment 2018
- Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (No. 1) 2018
- Crimes Legislation Amendment (Powers, Offences and Other Measures) 2018
- Farm Household Support Amendment 2018
- Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme 2018
- Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) 2018
- National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Mandatory Comprehensive Credit Reporting) 2018
- National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) 2018
- Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No. 2) 2018
- Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No. 3) 2018
- Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No. 4) 2018
- Treasury Laws Amendment (APRA Governance) 2018
- Treasury Laws Amendment (Australian Consumer Law Review) 2018
- Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing ASIC— Capabilities) 2018
- Treasury Laws Amendment (Protecting Your Superannuation Package) 2018
- Treasury Laws Amendment (Tax Integrity and Other Measures No. 2) Bill 2018
- Underwater Cultural Heritage 2018
- Underwater Cultural Heritage (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) 2018
- Copyright Amendment (Service Providers) 2017
Monday, 2 July to Friday, 10 August – Parliament’s Winter Break
Monday, 2 July – Youth Politics Camp at Beechworth
4 July – Mansfield RSL WWI Centenary Celebration
Answers to previous week: Cryptic town, Chiltern. INDI knowledge, D
Cryptic: What Indi town is this?
Less alive, called…
Who am I ? The fewer clues you use, the more points you get! So cover them up!
10 points My father was a Jewish tailor in Mlawa, Poland
8 points I was dux of Beechworth Grammar School and was a student teacher at the age of 15
6 points I was a lawyer, politician and judge.
4 points My name is commemorated by a Canberra suburb
3 points I was the Governor General during the reign of King George V.
2 point I was the member for Indi from 1901 – 1906.
1 point I am Sir Isaac Alfred.... CGB, GCMG, PC, KC