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ROWAN RAMSEY MP Member for Grey

Youth Allowance Vote to Liberals

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey is delighted with an historic win on a Youth Allowance motion today in Parliament.

Mr Ramsey seconded the motion moved by Member for Forrest Nola Marino to urgently alter the legislation for workplace participation criteria applying to students whose family home is located in “inner regional” areas of Australia- a determination which adversely affected students from the Eudunda region in Grey.

“With the support of all the Independents, excluding Green Adam Bandt, the Liberals won the vote 74-70,” Mr Ramsey said.

“While this is a moral victory, at this stage it is non-binding. However Prime Minister Julia Gillard has said she will be responsive to the will of the Parliament.

“A similar motion is being introduced into the Senate today.

“If that were to be passed, it will place even more pressure on the Government to address this discriminatory policy.

“The changes we wrung from the Government when the legislation was established last year were a great win for almost all of the Grey electorate.

“Only the Eudunda district missed out, but for them and all the rest of the students who live in “inner regional Australia”, which includes places like Mount Gambier and Eudunda, this is unfinished business.

“Clearly they have to leave home to attend tertiary studies just as do students from Coober Pedy or Peterborough”.

“The policy is discriminatory and should be changed.

“If Julia Gillard will not move on this issue, she is blatantly defying the will of the parliament.”

Media Contact: Leonie Lloyd-Smith (08) 8633 1744 October 28, 2010