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Time to support community energy

August 17, 2017 4:48 PM

It's time for the government to do its bit supporting community energy, Cathy told the Parliament. Cathy acknowledged Indigo, Wodonga and Benalla councils, the Winton Wetlands, Renewable Albury Wodonga, Totally Renewable Yackandandah, the Benalla Sustainable Future Group, the Up2Us Landcare group in Mansfield, the Wangaratta Sustainability Network, the Murrindindi Climate Network, North East Water, and Wodonga Albury Toward Climate Health. (Transcript below video)

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Philanthropy's important role in rural communities

August 17, 2017 4:22 PM

The Tomorrow Today Foundation run from Benalla is just one of the outstanding example philanthropic organisations making a difference in Indi. Cathy praised their work in Parliament. (Transcript under video)

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WET rebate amendments support Indi wine industry

August 16, 2017 6:05 PM

Wine industry leaders in Indi have worked with the Government to ensure the amendments to the Wine Equalisation Tax Act provide reform that supports a sector that generates $13.3 billion in revenue in regional Victoria.

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A call of the heart for asylum seekers on Manus Island

August 16, 2017 5:52 PM

The planned closure of the regional processing centre on Manus Island is adding to a highly stressful situation for the asylum seekers remaining there. It is also distressing to Indi constituents who want Parliament to hear their call.

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Adani vote

August 16, 2017 12:42 PM


To those who have written to me about Adani and the Great Barrier Reef. It’s an important issue and this week in Parliament, Andrew Wilkie, Adam Bandt and I called upon the Government to stop the Adani coal mine.

The opportunity came during debate of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Amendment Bill 2017. I supported an amendment, moved by Mr Bandt “that global warming is the greatest threat to the Great Barrier Reef and calls on the government to immediately take all available steps to stop the Adani Carmichael coal mine”.

Mr Bandt had earlier spoken to his amendment, arguing that “throughout this whole debate on the Great Barrier Reef so far we haven’t heard a word from either the government or the opposition about something that is going to turbocharge global warming and affect the Great Barrier Reef, and that is the Adani Carmichael coalmine that’s proposed in Queensland”.

However, as you can see by the photograph above, when we voted only Mr Wilkie, Mr Bandt and myself said “YES”!

All Government and Opposition members voted “NO”.





Government provides details on North East rail upgrade

August 15, 2017 6:54 PM

The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester says North East rail passengers can expect to see improvements later this year.

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Support for free and fair elections in PNG

June 22, 2017 2:48 PM

Cathy has asked the government what support it is giving to ensure free and fair elections in Papua New Guinea. Cathy will be part of a delegation of four parliamentarians to observe the elections. There are 3,324 candidates, of whom 165 are women and since independence in 1975 only seven women have been elected. 

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RDAs crucial to national inquiry into regional development

June 21, 2017 4:44 PM

Cathy says that regardless of the government's lack of a delivery date for the independent review into the Regional Development Australia program, she's looking forward to working with the RDAs as a crucial part of the national inquiry into regional development.

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Alpine resorts the place to be this Winter, Parliament told

June 21, 2017 4:42 PM

Cathy has encouraged people to spend their winter break in Victoria’s Alpine resorts, which deliver $790 million to Gross State Product and more than 7,892 full time equivalent jobs.

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