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The Indi Weekly Scoop Friday 7 December 2018

Posted December 07, 2018




Photo: Gennifer Hamam from Bellbridge hands over a petition from the parents of the Bellbridge Community Early Years Centre seeking additional funding for rural childcare facilities.

Question about childcare closures

Following news of five childcare closures in Indi, Cathy urged Minister for Education the Hon Dan Tehan to convene an urgent roundtable to outline options for maintaining much-needed childcare services in rural communities. The roundtable will be held in Wodonga on Monday 17 December.


National Integrity (Parliamentary Standards) Bill 2018

Cathy this week introduced to Parliament a Private Member’s Bill calling for a Code of Conduct to be introduced for MPs and their staff. It is one of a pair of Bills to create a culture of integrity in Parliament and Australia. More here.


Photo: Mansfield Shire CEO Alex Green and Mayor Harry Westendorp met with Minister for Education the Hon Dan Tehan this week. Mr Tehan grew up in Mansfield showed the visitors a picture of himself in primary school.

Truth-telling an important step towards constitutional recognition

Watch Cathy’s speech about the final report from the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The report was released this week and can be accessed here. Cathy has suggested the process of truth-telling is piloted in North East Victoria.

If not now, then when?

It's time for action on high speed rail for Indi and regional Australia. Watch as Cathy seconded a motion from Shadow Minister for Transport the Hon Anthony Albanese calling on the government to commit to high speed rail for Australia.

The push for high speed rail was followed up by Cathy’s question to Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack MP, for an update on the government's response to the Regions at the Ready report and its recommendations for rural and regional Australia. Watch the question and answer here. Read the report here

Hear more from the week in Parliament

Cathy also made speeches about the upcoming 10th anniversary of the 2009 bushfires, and succession planning for Indi.

Legislation that passed the House this week

Fair Work Amendment (Family and Domestic Violence Leave) 2018

Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Legislation Amendment 2018

Intelligence Services Amendment 2018

Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) 2018


Have a say about regional wellbeing

Submissions for the 2018 Regional Wellbeing Survey are open until 14 December. The responses support research to improves the wellbeing and quality of life for people living in rural and regional Australia. There’s also a chance to win prizes!


High speed rail

Watch Cathy and Shadow Minister for Transport the Hon Anthony Albanese addressing media about the need for high speed rail.

Stay tuned for details of Cathy’s tour of the electorate in the Indi Caravan during summer and autumn!

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