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Cobb urges students to make submissions to Youth Allowance inquiry



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John Cobb, MP 

Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Food Security  Member for Calare 

Cobb urges students to make submissions to Youth Allowance inquiry

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Yet another obstacle has been thrown in the path of regional students with Labor, the Greens and Independent Senator Nick Xenophon now calling for an inquiry to take place into whether students from ‘inner regional’ areas should receive Independent Youth Allowance, Federal Member for Calare, John Cobb, said.

“This inquiry will take months to complete. Students across Australia have now finished their final exams, they are trying to decide what they will do next year and will continue to be caught in limbo while an inquiry takes place.

“We need a fairer deal for regional students now, not next year.

“This week Labor, the Greens and Independents had a chance to fix this Youth Allowance mess with Senator Fiona Nash introducing a Private Senator’s Bill to immediately reinstate the original and fairer eligibility criteria.

“Yet all we have seen is another example of this government making excuses, stalling the process and further evidence that they simply do not care about regional Australia.

“This is yet another disappointing blow for the students of Calare living in the ‘inner regional’ towns of Orange, Bathurst, Lithgow, Blayney and Oberon.

“In light of this decision I urge students, families and others across Calare to make submissions for this inquiry.

“We need to continue the fight to make the eligibility criteria for Independent Youth Allowance fairer for regional students, even if it means signing petitions, making submissions or even rallying on the steps of Parliament House.

“We will not let this rest. This Government has blatantly deserted the students of regional Australia and the Coalition will continue to hold them accountable for this mess,” Mr Cobb said.

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Submissions must be made by 6th December 2010 and can be sent to eewr.sen@aph.gov.au or to the Committee Secretary of the Senate Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, PO Box 6100, Parliament House, ACT 2600.

Senator Nash’s online petition can be found at www.fionanash.com.au

As part of the senate inquiry, a public hearing will also be held on the 17th December in Canberra, with the report expected in February.

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