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Young Nats praised for providing education policy leadership

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8 April 2013

Young Nats praised for providing education policy leadership

The annual conference of the NSW Young Nationals, held in Tweed Heads over the weekend, has provided leadership in education policy, according to the organisation’s new federal patron, Nationals Deputy Senate Leader Fiona Nash.

“As Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Education I was particularly pleased by the Young Nationals’ motion, passed unanimously, to support a $10,000 Tertiary Education Access Allowance for regional students,” Senator Nash said.

I have long campaigned against the Gillard Government’s refusal to recognise the disadvantage regional students face when accessing tertiary education. A Tertiary Access Allowance would go a long way towards fixing that disadvantage.”

“I will continue to raise this with my Coalition partners, I know that regional Liberals in particular understand this issue. I hope the proposal will be adopted by the Coalition as election policy.”

Senator Nash also praised the enthusiasm and talent of the Young Nationals, an organisation which she said was growing rapidly.

“When they weren’t hotly debating issues on the conference floor, they were out on the streets campaigning for one of their own, the young Richmond Nationals candidate Matthew Fraser,” Senator Nash said.

“This sort of initiative, leadership and energy bodes very well not just for the future of the Nationals as a party, but also for the future representation of regional Australia in Government.”

Senator Nash was honoured to accept an invitation by the NSW Young Nationals to be their patron for the next 12 months.

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