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The Indi Weekly Scoop 31 March 2017


Young Indi Expats joined Cathy in Parliament House to discuss the importance of young people engaging in leadership and decision-making.


Call for a Minister for Youth

A Minister for Youth would allow Australia to benefit from the energy and innovation of young people. Cathy joined with Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie this week calling for the government to create the position.

Independents seek a mandatory code of conduct for banks

Banks would be bound to a mandatory code of conduct under a proposal put by Cathy and Independent Member for Denison Andrew Wilkie in calling for a mandatory code of conduct for the banking sector. 


Rail improvement needs cooperation needed at all levels of government

Glenrowan resident and volunteer Pauline Bailey was acknowledged in Cathy’s speech about the need for government cooperation on passenger rail services for North East Victoria.

Social services legislation does not show “our best selves”

Young people and volunteers key to the success of the Indi Way

The willingness of young people and volunteers in Indi to put up their hands and act for effective change was acknowledged by Cathy in Parliament.

Action to unfreeze local government grant indexation

Cathy has tabled a Notice of Motion urging the government to unfreeze indexation on Local Government Financial Assistance Grants and to develop a sustainable funding model.

Wodonga’s Terry Maher recognised in Parliament

Terry Maher joined the committee of the Wodonga and District Turf Club in 1965 as a 17-year-old trainer and in 1984 began an unbroken 32-year membership including two stints as president.

Students from Indi hear about leadership


Grade 5/6 students from Eskdale, Tallangatta, Mitta, Upper Sandy Creek, Bethanga and Talgarno Primary Schools visited Parliament House on Monday 27 March. The students discussed with Cathy how to show leadership on the Student Representative Council.

Legislation which passed the House of Representatives this week:

  • Appropriation (No. 3) 2016-2017 
  • Appropriation (No. 4) 2016-2017 
  • Biosecurity Amendment (Ballast Water and Other Measures) 2017 
  • Competition and Consumer Amendment (Misuse of Market Power) 2017 
  • Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) 2017 
  • Crimes Amendment (Penalty Unit) 2017 
  • Disability Services Amendment (Linking Upper Age Limits for Disability Employment Services to Pension Age) 2017 
  • Human Rights Legislation Amendment 2017 
  • Personal Property Securities Amendment (PPS Leases) 2017 
  • Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Amendment (Polar Code) 2017 
  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Seasonal Worker Incentives for Jobseekers) 2017 
  • Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 
  • Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2016 Measures No. 1) 2016 
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan) 2016 
  • Veterans Affairs Legislation Amendment (Digital Readiness and Other Measures) 2017 > amendment made by the Senate


Final day for NBN submissions

Friday 31 March is the final day for making a submission to the Joint Standing Committee National Broadband Network inquiry into the NBN rollout. More information here

Nominate now for science prizes

Nominations are invited for outstanding teachers, scientists and innovators for the 2017 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science. Nominations close 12 April 2017. More information here 

North Asia Free Trade Agreements Information Seminars

Keith Pitt, the Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment will be speaking.

Inquiry into modernising Australia's Electricity Grid

The Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy is inquiring into the 2015-16 annual report of the Department of the Environment and Energy, focusing on modernising Australia’s electricity grid. More information here


  • Tuesday 4 April: Visit to Arnold’s Fruit Market Wodonga
  • Thursday 6 April: Youth Politics Camp, Beechworth

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