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Residents north of Hornsby expected to contact Newcastle about Austudy: Ruddock



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MEDIA STATEMENT Philip Ruddock MP Federal Member for Dundas Shadow M inister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs

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Electorate Tel: (02) 858 1011 Fax: (02) 804 6739

Parliament House Tel: (06) 277 4343 Fax: (06) 277 2062

9 November 1992

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RESIDENTS NORTH OF HORNSBY EXPECTED TO CONTACT NEWCASTLE ABOUT AUSTUDY: RUDDOCK

With the end of year exams underway for many local high school and university students, students continuing their education next year are no doubt starting to also think about their financial arrangements and entitlements for next year.

Liberal Candidate for Berowra, Philip Ruddock MP has been disappointed to learn that students living north of Hornsby who are starting or continuing study and who are eligible for Austudy payments must telephone the Newcastle Office if they are wanting to ask questions about their Austudy or in order to advise of changed circumstances or financial arrangements.

"It is absolutely outrageous to expect students in this area of metropolitan Sydney to have to deal with an office in another city, a good two hours drive away", Philip Ruddock said.

While there is a toll free number that students can dial if they are wanting to contact their "local" office by phone: 008 040 920, this is not suitable for face to face contact.

Students studying at an institution which is situated south of Hornsby can contact the principle Student Assistance Centre in Haymarket on 911 0300. Their applications can be processed by the Haymarket office irrespective of their place of residence.

The Hornsby CES can only provide students with forms and receive applications. Applications are sent on to Newcastle for processing.

Any students or local residents wishing to seek information about how the Coalition propose to improve the Australian education system can contact Philip Ruddock's Fightback Information Office on 477 5806.

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