Students' ‘big win' on allowance

SUPPORT for regional and rural students and families was at the heart of a Coalition motion brought before Federal Parliament yesterday, according to Hinkler MP Paul Neville.

The motion to reinstate former workplace criteria for “Inner Regional” student was aimed at restoring fairness to the criteria for Independent Youth Allowance, he explained.

“This is an issue the Coalition has worked tirelessly on and winning the vote this morning was heartening.

“It represents a big win for students living in Hervey Bay and Childers, all of whom fall into the ‘Inner Regional' category.

“Obviously the Independents also recognised the discrimination the Labor Government is inflicting by giving access to Independent Youth Allowance to some regional and rural students and not others.”

“The Parliament has now spoken and it is up to the Labor Government to listen and to change the legislation, and allow all regional and rural students the same access to Independent Youth Allowance.

“Today's outcome sends a strong message to the Prime Minister that the changes she made while education minister were unfair and have undermined the educational opportunities for regional students and their families.”

Mr Neville is hopeful the Senate will support the motion.



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