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Second Reading Speech: Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Income Support for Students) Bill 2009

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (9:26 PM) - I rise to speak to the Rudd government's attempt to restructure the way in which student income support is offered to those undertaking tertiary study in the Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Income Support for Students) Bill 2009.

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Government must release Y-A modelling - Greens

The Government must release the economic modelling it has relied upon when formulating its changes to Youth Allowance, according to the Greens Education Spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

"The Government has been more than happy to sell the winners of these reforms, but when it comes to talking about those who are going to miss out, they are reluctant to tell the whole story."

"How can the Government continue to claim its youth allowance package is budget neutral, when it says it doesn't have detailed modelling at its disposal?"

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Greens will move to amend Youth Allowance legislation to support geographically disadvantaged students

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says the Greens will move to amend the controversial Youth Allowance budget measures legislation when it reaches the Senate, to accommodate geographically disadvantaged students.

The Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Income Support for Students) Bill 2009 was introduced in the House of Representatives today, providing for budget measures relating to the Youth Allowance student income support payment.

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Greens urge Roxon to intervene in abortion stand-off

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has called on the Federal Health Minister to convene an emergency meeting of all state and territory health ministers and attorneys-general, as Queensland's abortion law stand-off continues.

Queensland hospitals have recently suspended medical abortion services as medical abortions are still technically illegal under Queensland criminal law, leading to women being referred interstate for treatment or facing the prospect of an abortion in their own home.

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Students deserve more support in wake of Govt’s belated Youth Allowance backflip

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says the Greens welcome the Government’s concession on Youth Allowance reform impacting on current gap year students, but will move to amend legislation to accommodate rural and regional students’ needs.

Last night Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that the Government would delay for six months the removal of the workforce participation eligibility criterion used by gap year students to qualify for the independent rate of Youth Allowance, accommodating those currently on their gap year.

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Govt must heed students’, Greens’ concerns and amend Youth Allowance legislation before it reaches Senate

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says the Federal Government must amend its Youth Allowance Budget measures legislation to accommodate current gap year students who have been blocked from qualifying as independent by the Government’s proposed changes*.

Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard today held a roundtable meeting with young people affected by the Government’s proposed changes to Youth Allowance, and announced afterwards that the Government would consider the students’ concerns and respond “in due course”.

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Greens call on Government to back Greens’ Youth Allowance amendments after roundtable

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says the Deputy Prime Minister’s Youth Allowance roundtable today should spur the Government to back the Greens’ amendments to the proposed changes to student income support.

The workforce participation eligibility criterion used by many young people from rural and regional areas to qualify for the independent rate of Youth Allowance through a ‘gap year’ is scheduled to end on January 1, 2010, due to May Budget measures.

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Childcare Inquiry exposes Govt’s need to articulate vision for childcare as part of ‘Education Revolution’

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says the Senate Inquiry into the provision of childcare has revealed a need for more attention from the Federal Government to the essential service, including its funding and quality controls, to avoid a repeat of the childcare crisis triggered by ABC Learning’s collapse. 

The Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee’s Inquiry into the provision of childcare, established by Senator Hanson-Young in the wake of the ABC Learning corporate collapse late last year, held its final hearing in Canberra today.

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