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16    Higher education support

Senator Faruqi, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 41—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       the Higher Education Accommodation and Financial Stress Survey released on 8 July 2019 found that more than half of students reported high to very high levels of psychological distress and say that their studies are impacted by financial stress,

                                    (ii)       many students regularly go without food and other necessities while they study, with a quarter of surveyed students experiencing food insecurity, and

                                  (iii)       students should be able to focus on learning, not on where their next meal is coming from; and

               (b)       calls on the Federal Government to:

                                     (i)       make TAFE and university education free for all,

                                    (ii)       urgently increase student payments, such as Youth Allowance by at least $75 a week, and

                                  (iii)       properly fund mental health services to give students the support they need and deserve.

Statement by leave : Senator Faruqi, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and negatived.