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Community energy a vital piece of national energy jigsaw

October 16, 2017 11:35 AM

It's time to unleash the power of communities to address local energy needs and security, says Cathy, who has introduced the Renewable Energy Legislation Amendment (Supporting Renewable Communities) Bill 2017 to the Parliament. (Transcript under video.)

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More transparency accountability needed for asylum seekers

September 15, 2017 10:05 AM

Cathy has called for more transparency and accountability the treatment of asylum seekers. The call follows the grave concerns Cathy has heard from constituents, Rural Australians for Refugees, the UNHCR and the Australian Red Cross about the closure of the Manus Island detention centre.

Text of speech below the video.

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Video: Manus centre closure needs compassion, justice

September 14, 2017 4:13 PM

Cathy asked the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection in Question Time for details of the government's plan to close the asylum seeker detention centre on Manus Island.

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Video: Local philanthropy groups key for community solutions

September 14, 2017 1:56 PM

The most sensible solutions for regional challenges are often developed in the regions themselves. Cathy praised Indi's locally based philanthropic groups which often "fill the gaps" and called on the government to announce the Community Stream of the Building Better Regions Fund.

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Video: Future of regional universities depends on a national strategy

September 14, 2017 12:34 PM

Cathy introduced amendments to the government's proposed higher education reforms, repeating the call to regional MPs to represent the interest of their communities and support a national regional education strategy.

Text of speech below video.

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Video: Regional MPs must stand up for a national regional education strategy

September 13, 2017 7:30 PM

Cathy says regional Members of Parliament must stand up for their communities and adopt a national regional education strategy. She called regional colleagues to account for failing to adopt the strategy proposed in her amendments to the Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (A More Sustainable, Responsive and Transparent Higher Education System) Bill 2017The measure had the support of the Australian Labor Party and cross bench but was rejected by the government.

Text of speech below video.

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Beechworth Secondary College SRC hear Parliamentary praise

September 13, 2017 2:09 PM

Members of Beechworth Secondary College SRC were present to hear Cathy outline the schools' many accomplishments. 

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Video: Cathy's stand to make regional unis a national priority

September 11, 2017 7:05 PM

Cathy took a stand for regional universities in Parliament on Monday 11 September, calling on the government to develop a national regional education strategy.

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Local refugee advocates praised for speaking up

September 11, 2017 6:51 PM

Cathy has praised Rural Australians for Refugees and others in Indi who have consistently spoken up for more humane treatment of asylum seekers. Cathy's speech followed the government's proposed amendments to the act to allow for lawful disclosure of information in the public interest in Australia.

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