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DR DAVID KEMP MP FEDERAL MEMBER FOR GOLDSTEIN SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION

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145 KOORNANG ROAD CARNEGIE, VIC. 3163 PH: (03) 571 3311 FAX: (03) 571 6020

12 MAY 1991.

MEDIA RELEASE DEMOCRATS TRY TO DESTROY AUSTUDY

If the Democrats' motions to disallow AUSTUDY regulations before the Senate on Monday are successful AUSTUDY would c ease to operate said Dr David Kemp, the Shadow Minister for Education, today in a strong critical attack on the Australian Democrats.

The motions are deceptive, incompetent and totally unrealistic. The Democrats have kept very quiet about how they propose to fund this proposal. Behind these motions is a hidden agenda spelled out in Democrat policies for higher taxes and cuts to non government school funding which will hit the rural sector hard, said Dr Kemp today.

The Democrats propose to pay for their AUSTUDY policy through higher taxes on country people. The overall cost of the Democrats' motions would exceed $1.2 billion: this cost would have to b e met through higher taxes.

The Democrats' policy to cut funding for non government schools will have a devastating effect on rural families who must send their children away to board.

Dr Kemp said, that the Democrats' proposals to levy Federal land taxes and Death duties on properties over $300,000 would m ean increased hardship for those already suffering from the rural recession.

The Democrats' hidden agenda is to hit the rural sector hard with higher taxes to pay for their huge spending commitments and the enorm ous cost of their current

On top of this Senator Bell's motion to disallow certain AUSTUDY regulations is so incompetent that it would destroy the operation of the grant altogether. No student would be able to receive AUSTUDY.

Should Senator Bell's motion to disallow section 61 b e successful it would m ean that no rate at all could b e se t for the student benefit a s the living allowance could not be determined. The obvious outcom e of this is that AUSTUDY could not b e administered and students entitled to the grant would not be able to receive it.

The Democrats have been very careful not to mention how they would go about funding their proposals to abolish the asse t test in AUSTUDY. The last thing that rural people need right now is the Democrats' policies of higher taxes.

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The proposals by the Democrats are not only financially irresponsible but they are a deliberately deceptive attem pt to capitalise politically on the hardship of many not receiving AUSTUDY, and particularly those in the rural sector.

The Coalition has proposed the introduction of em ergency a ssista n c e , targeting those that are specifically in need.

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