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The Indi Weekly Scoop 8 September 2017

Posted September 08, 2017



Young Indi leaders Sam Ratcliffe, Merran Monahan and Claudia Weatherall make the most of opportunities to influence in Parliament House.


Cathy joins independent push for better mobile phones for bushfire areas

In seconding the Member for Mayo Rebekha’s Sharkie’s Bill to compel Telstra to provide 24 back-up power to towers in bushfire prone areas, Cathy has pushed for more funding to address outstanding mobile black spots. Watch Cathy's speech and read the media release

Action for stronger superannuation guarantee protection

The Superannuation Guarantee is an essential element of Australians’ retirement savings planning and it must be paid. After approaches from Wangaratta woman Cheryl Robl and other constituents, Cathy has sought further government action on the superannuation “emergency” affecting Indi people to the tune of nearly $23m. Watch the speech and read the media release.

Regional development - one week left to have a say before hearings

There’s one week left to have a say in the Parliament’s inquiry into regional development and decentralisation and influence the future of regional Australia. Share your ideas – it can be as simple as a letter! Stuck for words? The issues paper can provide a starting point. More about the inquiry and how to make a submission



Alpine Women’s Wellness Network talks health in Parliament House

A visit by eight members of the Alpine Women’s Wellness Network to Parliament House was an important opportunity for Cathy to hear more about local women’s health. Read about their visit here.

Indi’s indigenous communities’ strength on show in local solutions

Indi has three very strong Indigenous networks: the Albury Wodonga network; the Dirawarra; and in Mansfield and Murrindindi, the Gadhaba network. Cathy was proud to share in Parliament the huge impact they are having locally ahead of the Deadly and Proud awards in Wangaratta next week. Watch Cathy's speech here.

Legislation which passed the House of Representatives this week:

  • Competition and Consumer Amendment (Abolition of Limited Merits Review) Bill 2017
  • Competition and Consumer Amendment (Competition Policy Review) Bill 2017
  • Education Services for Overseas Students (TPS Levies) Amendment Bill 2017
  • Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment Bill 2017
  • Electoral and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017
  • Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment (Support for Commonwealth Entities) Bill 2016 > Senate Amendments
  • Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017  > Senate Amendments
  • International Monetary Agreements Amendment (New Arrangements to Borrow) Bill 2017
  • Liquid Fuel Emergency Amendment Bill 2017
  • Product Emissions Standards (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2017
  • Product Emissions Standards (Customs) Charges Bill 2017
  • Product Emissions Standards (Excise) Charges Bill 2017
  • Product Emissions Standards Bill 2017
  • Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Legislation Amendment (Defence Force) Bill 2017

How Cathy votes 


Calling young people – go Heywire in Canberra

The 20th annual ABC Heywire competition is asking regional Australians aged 16 to 22 to tell their story about life in their part of the world. The 40 winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Canberra for the Heywire Regional Youth Summit. Deadline September 16

Political donations inquiry – have a say

The Joint Committee on Electoral Matters is conducting a review into political donations as part of its inquiry into the conduct of the 2016 election. It has released a discussion paper with feedback due by 29 September. 

GrainGrowers' 2017 Telecommunications Survey
This survey will help the organisation to understand grain farmers’ needs and concerns about this issue and to track changes in services over time.

Grants open for LGBT+ community projects

The Channel is a giving circle that provides funding for projects working to improve the lives of the LGBT+ community. The latest round of grants have just opened and the theme is "reducing isolation” - with particular focus on regional and remote communities. 


  • Monday 11 September: Parliament will debate Cathy’s Notice of Motion calling for a National Regional Strategy for Education; Cathy speaking at Philanthropy Meets Australia, Parliament House
  • Wednesday 13 September: Beechworth Secondary College visiting Parliament House; Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Rural Women’s Award Dinner
  • Friday 15 September: Submissions due to the inquiry into regional development and decentralisation; Parliament rises until October.
  • Saturday 16 September: LGPro Emerging Leaders Program, Alpine Shire

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