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Abbott budget hurt Australia's youth: Senate Committee



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Dr Richard Di Natale Australian Greens spokesperson on Youth

04/02/2015

Abbott budget hurt Australia’s youth: Senate Committee

The Senate Select Committee on the Abbott Government’s Budget Cuts today released a report into the impact of the budget on young people. Chair of the committee, Senator Richard Di Natale said that young Australians were some of the hardest hit by the budget.

“From the cuts to school funding and youth services to the proposed changes to higher education, Newstart and Medicare, this budget squeezes young people from all sides,” said Senator Richard Di Natale, Australian Greens spokesperson on youth.

“The committee recommends abandoning these cruel policies and reinstating funding to successful organisations like Youth Connections and Reclink Australia.

“The Prime Minister and Treasurer like to talk about intergenerational theft yet they want to attain a budget surplus on the back of the young and vulnerable. This government is made up of people who have already enjoyed the benefits of a free education, a universal health system and a generous social safety net, and now they want to deny that same support and opportunity to the generations that follow them.

“This morning the Finance Minister described these sorts of policies as tough but necessary. However this approach is not just unfair, it’s counterproductive. Dismantling social support and reducing access to education is not a blueprint for a prosperous economy.”

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The committee report is available here - http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Abbott_Governments _Budget_Cuts/Budget_Cuts/First_Interim_Report

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