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The Indi Weekly Scoop, Friday 5 October 2018

Posted October 05, 2018


The JSCCR committee preparing for a hearing at Thursday Island on Tuesday. Back, from left: Jess Hargreaves, committee secretariat Sam Leahy and Cathy; front, from left: Senators Amanda Stoker, Malandirri McCarthy, Pat Dodson and committee chair Julian Leeser.


Hearing more about constitutional recognition

Cathy travelled with the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (JSCCR) to Torres Strait Island, Queensland and New South Wales this week. The committee heard evidence from community members and leaders in each location. A final report from the committee is due to be released late in November. Watch Cathy’s speech to the interim report here.



Make a submission to the Financial Services Royal Commission

Submissions can be made until 5pm on 26 October to the Royal Commission into Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry’s interim report. The commission is also accepting submissions about policy issues relating to the insurance industry until 12 noon on 25 October. Find out more here.

Need help from Centrelink? 

Centrelink’s mobile services centres will be heading to three rural Indi locations in October. Staff will be on hand to help out.

  • Attree Park, Jardine Street, Corryong from 10.30am to 4pm on 9 October
  • Opposite Memorial Hall, Tallangatta from 9.30am to 4pm on 10 October
  • Opposite Yackandandah Hotel, William Street, 9.30am to 2pm on 11 October

Funding available for local projects

Applications to the $200 million round three of the Building Better Regions Fund are open until 15 November. Up to $45 million of this funding earmarked to support tourism related infrastructure projects. Funding from the Federal Government is matched to the value of in-kind work from regional groups or organisations. Find out more here.

Have a say about higher education equity

A Student Equity 2030 Roundtable Discussions will be held at La Trobe University’s Wodonga campus on 15 October. Submissions can be made here until 12 October. The discussions will form the plan for better access to quality education across Australia.

Opportunity to speak at Parliament House

Ever wondered what your first speech as a parliamentarian would include? Enter the My First Speech competition by 19 October for your chance to deliver a speech live at Parliament House. Submissions are open to year 10 to 12 students.

Aged Care Royal Commission announced

Sign up here to stay up to date about developments with the Royal Commission into Aged Care. While the exacts details are finalised, complaints can continue to be made to the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner, call 1800 550 552 or visit www.agedcarecomplaints.gov.au

Looking for funding for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) programs?

Applications for the Fostering Integration Grants program to support CALD organisations are open until 9 November. To be eligible for a grant, the applicant must be a not-for-profit organisation legally registered in Australia. Full details can be found here.  

Have your say about petitions

Want to have a say about petitioning the House of Representatives? Make a submission to the House Standing Committee on Petitions Inquiry before 12 October. Find out more here or email petitions.committee.reps@aph.gov.au


Coming up: 

Monday 8 October: ‘A day in the life of an MP’, session for Wangaratta Seniors Festival at Wangaratta Library

Tuesday 9 October: Guest speaker at Appin Park Probus Club, Wangaratta

Friday 12 October: Guest speaker at Myrtleford U3A

Monday 15 October: Parliament resumes


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