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Inquiry Chair to be guest speaker at public forum on Rudd Government Youth Allowance changes.

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Inquiry Chair to be guest speaker at public forum on Rudd Government Youth Allowance changes

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Source: Luke Hartsuyker MP

Nationals’ Senator Fiona Nash will be the guest speaker at a public forum to be held on Rudd Government changes to the Youth Allowance.

This Friday’s forum, which has been organised by Federal MP Luke Hartsuyker, will provide students and families with the opportunity to hear about the changes and have their say on the issue.

“Senator Nash is the Chair of a Senate Inquiry into the proposed changes which will particularly disadvantage regional students who complete a gap year prior to attending university or TAFE,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“As chair of the inquiry, she is very keen to hear what regional people think about the Rudd Government changes and understand how it will impact on regional students and families.

“We also want to understand what impact these changes will have on regional campuses.”

Mr Hartsuyker said the Rudd Government had introduced the changes without thinking through what effect they will have on country students.

“The changes appear designed to prevent students living at home in major cities from receiving the Independent Youth Allowance. Currently, country students are able to qualify for Youth Allowance by earning $19,532 or more during a gap year.

“Now they will have to work 30 hours per week for 18 months, effectively deferring their studies for two years. As a result, many will not bother with tertiary studies, even if they could find work in the current environment.

“This is another classic example of the Rudd Government being out of touch with regional Australia.”

Mr Hartsuyker said the forum would be held this Friday (July 24) in the O Block Lecture Theatre at the Coffs Harbour Education Campus.

The forum will commence at 11am. A free barbecue will be held afterwards and all of the public is invited to attend.