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Notice given 27 June 2006

2116  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training—

(1) (a) What is the take-up rate of university places for rural and remote students; and (b) how does this compare with those from metropolitan areas.

(2) What is the Government doing to close the gap in access.

(3) With reference to Mr Pat Farmer’s response, in July 2005, to a constituent’s letter that:

The Australian Government is committed to income support arrangements that are fair and equitable and any further policy changes to Youth Allowance would have to be considered in the context of further budget proposals.

When will further policy changes to Youth Allowance be made to deliver a ‘fair and equitable’ outcome for country students.