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Federal Member for Wannon

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Federal Member for Wannon



Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, on Monday tabled in Parliament two local petitions with almost 2,000 signatures of parents and students concerned about the Labor Government’s proposed changes to Youth Allowance. In addition to tabling the petitions, Mr Hawker was pleased to report that the joint Coalition and Greens Senate Inquiry

proposal has been announced.

“This means there will be a formal Senate inquiry into the effect of the proposed changes on rural students. The inquiry will examine the financial cost of attending city secondary schools, universities or TAFEs for rural and regional Mr Hawker said.

“This inquiry is a direct result of the combined lobbying of the Government by the Coalition, schools and the community and is a good step in the right direction. However my colleagues and I are still intending to move amendments to the youth allowance changes to remove the retrospective nature of the reforms.

“I now call on concerned groups and individuals to contribute to this inquiry, ensuring that we let the Government know how difficult it already is to send rural students to the city for university studies, without the extra burden and disincentives they are recommending.

“Submissions to the inquiry can be made online through the Senate’s Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee: Alternatively you can contact the Committee Secretary for further information by email or phone 02 6277 3511.”

The Senate Inquiry’s Terms of Reference are as follows: An assessment of the adequacy of Government measures to provide equitable access to secondary and post-secondary education opportunities to students from rural and regional communities attending metropolitan institutions, and metropolitan students attending regional universities or TAFE with particular reference to: a. the financial impact on rural and regional students who are attending metropolitan secondary schools, universities

or TAFE;

b. the education alternatives for rural and regional students wanting to study in regional areas; c. the implications of existing and proposed Government measures on prospective students living in rural and regional areas;

d. the short and long term impact of current and proposed Government policies on regional university and TAFE college enrolments; e. the adequacy of Government measures to provide for students who are required to leave home for secondary or post-secondary study; f. the education needs of rural and regional students; g. the impact of Government measures and proposals on rural and regional communities; and h. other related matters.

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