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Monday, 19 September 1994
Page: 891


Senator BELL —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes that on 19 September 1994, students from around Australia will gather outside Parliament House to protest against deficiencies in the Government's Austudy scheme;

  (b)supports these students in their protest against restrictive eligibility criteria for Austudy and the inadequate levels of assistance;

  (c)calls on the Government to remove `tools of trade' from the AUSTUDY assets test to assist rural students and their families; and

  (d)recognises that the recent resource allocation paper for higher education will entrench user-pays education in Australia with the introduction of upfront fees, a $1 000 upfront administration charge and a decrease in the number of university places in some states.