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The Indi Weekly Scoop 2 June 2017

Posted June 02, 2017



School captains from Wangaratta’s Galen college learned about leadership at the nation’s highest levels during a visit to Parliament House on Tuesday. Standing left to right Lauren Sykes, Laurie Burt, Cathy McGowan MP, Francesca Ridoli. Seated Josh Bevacqua, Emma Gamble, India Del Zotto, Jack Larkin


Action for Indi - national inquiry announced into regional development and decentralisation

The power of an independent representative to deliver was proven this week with the government agreeing to Cathy’s call for national inquiry into regional development and decentralisation. Cathy said she is looking forward to working with the Liberal Party, Nationals, ALP, Greens and cross bench to develop best practice to ensure regional Australia reaches its full potential.


Indi’s voice heard in Parliament on budget – health, education and environment key priorities

More than 1000 people responded to Cathy’s survey on the federal budget. The top three priorities from respondents were health and welfare (93 per cent), education (92 per cent) and the environment (89 per cent). Thank you to all who participated.

Standing up for regional students to help them reach full potential

Cathy has called on the government to lift the burden from regional students’ shoulders by ending the “silo” approach to developing regional policy.

More details sought on train funding and process

In Question Time Cathy called on the government to show leadership to ensure $100 million for the North East rail line upgrade will “fix the problem”, and later pressed for details on how the $100 million for the North East rail line upgrade will be spent.

Independents join forces to seek debt waiver for victims of family violence

Independent Member for Denison Mr Andrew Wilkie tabled a Bill, seconded by Cathy, to allow Centrelink debts to be waived for victims of family violence.

Legislation which passed the House of Representatives this week:

  • ASIC Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy 2017
  • ASIC Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy (Collection) 2017
  • ASIC Supervisory Cost Recovery Levy (Consequential Amendments) 2017
  • Australian Education Amendment 2017
  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Energy Assistance Payment and Pensioner Concession Card) 2017
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (Accelerated Depreciation For Small Business Entities) 2017
  • Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Budget Measures) 2017


Elder Abuse Inquiry report to be launched on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

The Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, will launch the Report on 15 June 2017 at the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Forum in Melbourne.

Call for local voices on agricultural water use

The House Agriculture and Water Resources Committee is investigating the adequacy and efficacy of water use efficiency programs in Australian agriculture. The Committee is seeking feedback from farmers, irrigators and community leaders. Visit aph.gov.au/wue or email agriculture.reps@aph.gov.au

How resilient are Australia's regional economies to the end of the mining boom?

The Australian economy's transition from the mining investment boom towards broader based growth is presenting both challenges and opportunities for Australia's regions. Read more


  • Saturday 3 June: Sitting for Charles Sluga for Archibald Portrait Prize entry; Lyfe of Bryan Musical, Mansfield (final night) 7.30pm
  • Monday 5 June: Opening of the Yackandandah Pedestrian Bridge (a Stronger Communities Program project), Yackandandah sports park 2pm.
  • Tuesday 6 June: Meeting with Tomorrow Today Foundation, Benalla
  • Thursday 8 June: Women in Leadership Breakfast, guest speaker Di Thomas, Cathy’s Chief of Staff, Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre 7am, tickets through www.wangarattapac.com.au 
  • Sunday 11 June: Rutherlen Grape Tread as part of the Rutherglen Winery Walkabout, 2pm

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