Statement on live sheep export moratorium

Statement from Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie regarding the announcement by the Australian Livestock Exporters' Council (ALEC) of a three-month moratorium on sheep shipments to the Middle East during the Northern Hemisphere summer.

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Bill seeks National Heritage Listing for the Bight

Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie has introduced a Private Member’s Bill to grant National Heritage Status to the Great Australian Bight to protect this pristine environment from risky mining activities.

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Live sheep export ban back on the parliamentary agenda

Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie is keeping the pressure on the Government to ban long-haul live sheep exports by introducing her own Private Member’s Bill into the Parliament.

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MP seeks help for hailstorm-affected growers

Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie has spoken with three Federal Ministers and written to the State Agriculture Minister to advocate for storm-affected fruit growers in the Adelaide Hills.

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Rebekha welcomes review into tax help for KI

Today’s Government announcement of a Productivity Commission review into tax relief for remote communities, including offshore islands such as Kangaroo Island, has been welcomed by the Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie.


Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie has been advocating for the inclusion of Kangaroo Island into the Government's tax concessions for remote communities since 2016 and welcomes today's announcement of a Productivity Commission review in remote tax assistance.

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Rebekha launches Friends of Climate Change group

Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie has launched the Parliamentary Friends of Climate Action group in a bid to encourage a “non-partisan” approach to climate policy.

Today Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie attended Doctors for the Environment's 'No Time for Games' Campaign outside Parliament House. This campaign encourages doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to take action through pledging support for four key recommendations. These recommendations address climate change and health, and particularly the health benefits for children and future generations.

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Centre Alliance backs National Integrity Commission

Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie has today seconded a Private Member’s Bill calling on the Government to set up a National Integrity Commission.

Photo: Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie talks about a National Integrity Commission at a press conference with members of the crossbench and representatives from Transparency International Australia.

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Member for Mayo welcomes $20 million in rehab funding for SA

The Minister for Health confirmed that regional South Australia would receive $20 million in funding for drug and alcohol rehabilitation services with the announcement of the opening of the grant applications.

Up to $2.5 million in Government funding is available for the Fleurieu region and will provide a much needed boost to rehabilitation services for regional communities across South Australia.  

The services are part of a $40 million package negotiated by Rebekha on behalf of Centre Alliance as part of the Government’s welfare reforms and announced in the 2018/2019 Federal Budget. In addition to the $20 million in rehabilitation services for South Australia, the package includes $20 million to support GPs and other allied health professionals in regional and remote Australia to access professional development and specialist skills in addiction medicine.

The Government has already announced the first tranche of training funding for GPs.

Rebekha welcomed the Minister’s announcement this morning saying  “We need to stop the cycle of addiction but we can’t do that without providing easy access to high quality rehabilitation services which can often be a challenge outside of metropolitan Adelaide”

“We know that drug and alcohol abuse is a real problem in rural and regional South Australia and these grants will mean that our communities will have the tools they so desperately need to combat the devastating consequences of drug and alcohol abuse”.

Rebekha said “This money will make a real difference to those families and communities who are grappling with addiction and I strongly encourage local drug and alcohol service providers to apply for the grants”.

Applications for the grant will close on 20 December 2018.

Further information on the eligibility criteria can be found here:

Foodbank backflip helps local charity

The Pantry Club, a Strathalbyn-based food assistance program for vulnerable residents, is one local charity thankful for the Federal Government’s recent decision to reverse the funding cut to Foodbank.

Photo: Country Life Compassion Community Liaison Officer Paquita Wise, left, shows Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie some of the offerings at The Pantry Club with the club’s co-ordinator, Matthew Boyle, and Chairperson Lew McMaster.

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$17M fruit fly package welcome news for SA

Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie has welcomed the Government’s announcement of a $17 million investment into fruit fly management across Australia.

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