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Forcing students to work wastes tax payers' money.



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Kerry Nettle, Senator for New South Wales

Forcing students to work wastes tax payers' money

9th Mar 07

Greens Senator Kerry Nettle today called on both the government and the Labor party to back The Greens policy of paying a students' a living allowance sufficient to allow them to meet living expenses during term time without having to work.

"The government's policy of forcing students to work while studying wastes tax payers' money because tax payers subsidise students' fees and universities to produce quality graduates. Making them work impacts on quality and is a false economy," Senator Nettle said.

"The Greens policy for the introduction of a student living allowance would boost grades, increase enrolments and reduce drop out rates.

"Education Minister Julie Bishop's response to the Australian Vice Chancellors Committee report "Australian University Student Finances 2006 survey" shows she is completely out of touch with the reality of student life.

"Ms Bishop is wrong to suggest that Australia's financial support for students is among the best in the world. The UK has reintroduced a financial 'grant' scheme to help students meet their living needs after its earlier withdrawal was found to be a failure.

"The AVCC report shows that the current system is hurting Australia's educational productivity.

"Let's give students at TAFE and University a fair go by supporting them to make the best of their studies because it benefits us all in the long run/"

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