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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.


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.

Lou Lieberman

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.

Voluntary voting

Cathy would like to hear from young people in Indi about a Bill that proposes voluntary voting for 16 and 17 years old.

Migration hearing

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



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


Scoop Puzzles

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

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