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Drought Bill amendments pass in Parliament

February 21, 2019 3:08 PM

The Government will spend an important $100 million a year in rural communities on long-term drought prevention. Cathy's amendments, passed in Parliament today will ensure the operation of the fund is more transparent, the expenditure is accountable to the Parliament and good governance is followed.

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Addressing the Future Drought Fund Bill 2018

February 20, 2019 10:00 PM

Cathy has taken the House through some of her concerns, including a look at the process of accountability in spending the dividend from the fund and the missed opportunity to give voice to, listen to and act on the priorities for rural and regional communities.

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Closing the Gap response rounds off indigenous community representation

February 20, 2019 7:34 PM

Today's Closing the Gap response brings to a close Cathy's policy commitment, made in 2013, to consult and network with Indi's indigenous communities; recognise and acknowledge the Stolen Generations; and work with the recommendations of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Acknowledging leadership among Indi young people

February 20, 2019 3:36 PM

Cathy welcomed the leadership team from Victorian Lutheran College, Wodonga to Parliament House and acknowledged the good work done by young people throughout the electorate, including the inaugural LGBTI ball in Wodonga last weekend.

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Timelines, more staff needed for NDIS

February 20, 2019 12:56 PM

A NDIS community information forum will be held in Benalla on 28 March. There are no timeframes for delivery of individual NDIS plans and insufficient staff to revise plans in a timely manner.

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Bill takes voice of regional Australia to Government

February 18, 2019 12:36 PM

The Office for Regional Australia Bill will develop an office modelled on the Productivity Commission to give the community greater input to regional policy implementation.

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Question to PM about policies and resources for regional Australia

February 14, 2019 5:20 PM

Cathy has asked a follow-up question to the Prime Minister, asking him to undertake to provide regional Australia with appropriate policies and resources.

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Will the Government commit to a regional Australia white paper?

February 13, 2019 8:03 PM

Today Cathy asked Prime Minister Morrison to outline his Government's response to the recommendations of the Regions at the Ready report including a regional Australia white paper.

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Indi petitions Parliament for rural childcare funding

February 13, 2019 7:53 PM

Cathy presented a petition to Federal Parliament from constituents in Indi calling on the Government to provide additional funding for rural childcare facilities.

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