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Thursday, 9 December 1976


Mr Innes asked the Minister representing the Minister for Education, upon notice:

(   1 ) With reference to the statement made by the Minister on 6 October 1 976 reviewing student assistance schemes, did the Minister state on that occasion that eligibility for independent status under the Tertiary Education Assistance Scheme on the grounds of 2 years' self-support will be limited to those students who have been full ii-me in the workforce, or registered as unemployed.

(2)   If so, does this mean that those students who, during their 2 years self-support, spent some of that period travelling on the money so earned, will no longer be considered eligible.

(3)   If so, is the Government (a) denying certain people the right to take a holiday or broaden their outlook by travel and (b) discriminating against the very people it purports to support, those with initiative and a willingness to work hard, who are being denied the right to enjoy the fruits of their hard work without jeopardising their educational prospects.


Mr Viner -The Minister for Education has supplied the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Periods of paid leave from employment whether spent travelling or studying or undertaking any other activity will count towards the 2-year requirement. Any period not spent in employment or on paid leave will not be counted. Thus, students who travel whilst living off savings may not count such periods towards their claim for establishing independence.

(3)   No.







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