I give notice that on the next day of sitting the Coalition and the Greens shall jointly move:
That the following matter be referred to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 August 2009:
An assessment of the adequacy of Government measures to provide equitable access to secondary and post-secondary education opportunities to students from rural and regional communities attending metropolitan institutions, and metropolitan students attending regional universities or TAFE with particular reference to:
a. the financial impact on rural and regional students who are attending metropolitan secondary schools, universities or TAFE;
b. the education alternatives for rural and regional students wanting to study in regional areas;
c. the implications of existing and proposed Government measures on prospective students living in rural and regional areas;
d. the short and long term impact of current and proposed Government policies on regional university and TAFE college enrolments;
e. the adequacy of Government measures to provide for students who are required to leave home for secondary or post-secondary study;
f. the education needs of rural and regional students;
g. the impact of Government measures and proposals on rural and regional communities; and
h. other related matters.
Moved jointly by Senator Hanson-Young and Senator Nash.
Supported by the Senate.