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Local liberals unanimously oppose Rudd youth allowance cuts.

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Federal Member for Wannon

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Federal Member for Wannon

30 June 2009


A motion opposing the Rudd Labor Government’s harsh changes to rural students’ eligibility for youth allowance has been unanimously endorsed by Western Victorian Liberals at their annual Wannon Area Conference.

The Rudd Labor Government’s exorbitantly expensive National Broadband Initiative, which ignores towns of less than 1,000 people, was also vigorously opposed at the Conference held in Cavendish on the weekend.

“There was a distinct focus at this year’s Conference on Labor policies that are damaging our rural and regional communities,” Federal Member for Wannon David Hawker said today.

“Western Victorians are fed up with Labor neglect, be it at the State or Federal level, and local communities are starting to voice their concerns about Labor’s city-centric policies.”

Local Liberals voted in a proposal to increase support to rural and regional students who are forced to live away from home to pursue tertiary education, stating that at present rural students take up tertiary places at less than two thirds the rate of their city counterparts.

“Changes in Labor’s 2009 Budget making it even harder for rural students to gain access to financial support will only increase this inequality,” Mr Hawker said.

Other issues discussed at the Conference included the need to upgrade the Melbourne to Warrnambool rail service, measures to improve fire preparedness on public land, bringing back the fox bounty, and the importance of securing radiotherapy facilities for the south west.

Shadow Minister for the Environment and Water, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, also address the Conference on the Coalition’s environment and water policy and clean energy initiatives.

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