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Notice given 21 June 2005

971  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer—With reference to early access to superannuation funds under the financial hardship provisions:

(1) Why are full-time students who receive the Youth Allowance not eligible to access their funds to assist them to meet their study and other living expenses.

(2) Can this anomaly be addressed by reclassifying the Youth Allowance (for tertiary students), including it in the list of income support payments which would entitle a recipient to early access to superannuation funds for essential living expenses.