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Windsor welcomes Youth Allowance changes to benefit regional students



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TONY WINDSOR B.Ec MP INDEPENDENT FEDERAL MEMBER FOR NEW ENGLAND

PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

MEDIA RELEASE 14 September 2011 Windsor welcomes Youth Allowance changes to benefit regional students A Federal Government determination to boost support for students in regional areas by expanding the independent Youth Allowance has been welcomed by the Independent Member for New England Tony Windsor. Mr Windsor says the decision to remove the distinctions between students in inner regional, outer regional and remote areas from 1st January 2012 delivers on an agreement he made with the government in February this year, after having received strong representation from students across his electorate and beyond. “I’ve had numerous meetings with the Prime Minister and the Minister for Tertiary Education Senator Chris Evans about this issue which can have a major impact on the education levels of country people,” Mr Windsor said. “Country students face significant barriers to accessing a university education no matter where they come from, so it made no sense to penalise students from inner regional areas. “I thank the Prime Minister and the Minister for listening to the concerns of country students and making good on their promise to me that they’d make the system fairer.” Mr Windsor is also pleased the government has decided to increase the Relocation Scholarship for regional students to $4,000 in the first year of study, $2,000 in years two and three and $1,000 for each year thereafter. “Relocating can be tough for students from the bush, not only because they’re trying to adapt to new circumstances in an unfamiliar city, but also because they’re away from their established support networks. “This decision to increase the available financial assistance will encourage more country people to further their education and give them a greater capacity to focus on their studies. “Enhancing the Youth Allowance doesn’t just benefit individual students. “Increasing education levels in the bush has important long-term consequences for the social and economic health of rural communities,” Mr Windsor said. As part of the initial agreement reached with Mr Windsor in exchange for his support in allowing Labor to form government, an independent review of the youth allowance was brought forward by 12 months.