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Greens Will Work For Fairer Student Income Support

The Australian Greens want to see a fairer student income support system which eliminates discrimination against country students, but the current Nationals' bill doesn't solve the problem, according to Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on Education, says she understands what the Nationals' bill is trying to achieve, and agrees that the current system of student income support is discriminatory.

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Greens Offer Simple Solution For Student Income Support

The Australian Greens are committed to providing access to income support for students in regional areas, according to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on Education, says the current compromise scheme which passed through Federal Parliament earlier this year was far from perfect and has created an unfair system that doles out or denies assistance with no real reference to students' needs.

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An Improved Fair Work Act Will Help Parents, Carers, Workers

The Australian Greens will move to improve industrial laws to guarantee entitlements for parents, carers and workers and make Australia a better place to work and live, according to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on the Status of Women, says the Greens know the simplest and best way to guarantee industrial entitlements is to amend the Fair Work Act.

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Greens Offer Real Support For Struggling Students

The Australian Greens have released a four-point plan to help tackle student poverty and housing affordability, according to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on Youth and Education, says the Greens have recognised the need for action to provide real support for students.

"Access to higher education should be a right for all, not just a chosen few,'' Senator Hanson-Young said.

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A Strong Paid Parental Leave Scheme

We have a tremendous opportunity coming up in the Senate to deliver really strong paid parental leave for Australian new mums and dads.

The Greens want to give Australian parents 6 months of paid leave including super and make sure that whoever you are, you get your job back after you have a baby.

But the scheme the Government will pass in the Lower House this week is selling Australian families short.

1)    It won’t give parents an actual right to leave from their jobs or guarantee them their job back

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Greens Will Fight For Better Student Income Support

The Australian Greens will pursue the Henry Tax Review's recommendation for an increase in the level of student income support, according to Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens Spokesperson on Education, says the Federal Government's decision to ignore the recommendation is extremely disappointing for students across the country.

"How can there be an Education Revolution without proper support for students?'' Senator Hanson-Young said.

"Ken Henry has recognised that we need to be supporting students to enable them to study.

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Speech to the 8th National Higher Education Summit

Thank you for the invitation to speak today. Before I begin, I'd like to acknowledge the traditional owners of this land - the Kaurna people. The land on which we meet is still of cultural and indeed educational significance to them today.

I would also like to acknowledge the previous speaker, the Opposition's Spokesperson on Education, the Hon. Christopher Pyne.

Education is at a crossroads in this country. After a decade of inaction and inadequate funding, the new Rudd government promised an education revolution.

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The Real Work For Student Income Support Starts Now

The Senate's agreement on Youth Allowance only marks the beginning of the campaign to achieve equality for student income support, according to Green Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens Education spokesperson, says the Greens secured a $20 million taskforce in the package to look at ways of delivering income support to rural and regional areas.

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Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Income Support for Students) Bill 2009 {No 2}

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (10.39 am) - I rise to speak on the Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Income Support for Students) Bill 2009 [No. 2].

This is the second time I have spoken on this bill. We discussed this issue at the end of last year and this Senate failed to pass that legislation at that time, leaving students in limbo over the summer period and into the first semester of this year.

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