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Friday, 15 June 1984
Page: 3094

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth that we believe that tertiary students and their welfare are critical to the economic and cultural future of Australia and that students are currently condemned to living at little more than half the poverty line.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray:

1. That members acknowledge that an increase in higher education participation and in the quality of the learning process will not be achieved without an overhaul of the Tertiary Education Assistance Scheme.

2. That, as a consequence of item 1, a substantial rise in the level of T.E.A.S ., at least to the level of the single adult unemployment rate, be a primary priority in the 1984 Federal Budget.

3. That instead the principle of student dependency on parents to the age of 25 currently at the foundation of T.E.A.S., students be recognised as independent of parents from age 18.

4. That the regulations surrounding T.E.A.S. which make the allowance amongst the most difficult of all Government payments to obtain, be overhauled significantly as soon as possible in consultation with student groups.

5. That tribunals, consisting of student and community representatives be empowered to grant T.E.A.S. in cases of particular hardship which may fall outside the T.E.A.S. regulations.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.