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Tuesday, 28 June 1994
Page: 2094

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled.

  The petition of the undersigned strongly oppose attempts by the Government to abolish Austudy for 16 year olds living at home; to erode Austudy payments in favour of student loans and to reduce the income thresholds for repayment of the loan supplement.

  Wherefore, your petitioners, request that the Independent Rate Age be decreased to 21 years immediately; that full Austudy payments be raised to the same level as unemployment benefits; and, that the taxable income threshold be increased to $8000 pa.