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LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL LEGISLATION COMMITTEE - 19/10/2009 - ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S PORTFOLIO - Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

ACTING CHAIR -We will move to Senator Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young -Thank you. I have got some questions around the Oceanic Viking incident as well, following on from Senator Barnett's. Firstly I just want to confirm: from what we know, there are 76 asylum seekers on board that vessel at the moment?

Mr Carmody -There are 78 in total.

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LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL LEGISLATION COMMITTEE - 19/10/2009 - ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S PORTFOLIO - Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

ACTING CHAIR -We will move to Senator Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young -Thank you. I have got some questions around the Oceanic Viking incident as well, following on from Senator Barnett's. Firstly I just want to confirm: from what we know, there are 76 asylum seekers on board that vessel at the moment?

Mr Carmody -There are 78 in total.

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RURAL AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 13/10/2009 - Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Income Support for Students) Bill 2009

Senator Hanson-Young -One of the questions that was put to the department-I am not sure how much you heard-was around the actual take-up rate of students deferring their places for 12 months. If the deferral rate is already-as the department suggested-30 per cent, what would they assume the take-up rate to be once somebody has deferred after two years?

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RURAL AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 13/10/2009 - Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Income Support for Students) Bill 2009

Senator Hanson-Young -Thanks for coming in, guys. I think it is great that we are hearing from students who are going to be affected by this and not just hearing from the government department and Universities Australia. I think it is really important that you are speaking up not just about your own concerns but on behalf of students right around the country.

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RURAL AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 13/10/2009 - Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Income Support for Students) Bill 2009

Senator Hanson-Young -In your submission you outline some alternatives that you would like to see the government adopt to reconcile this problem. A variety of people have made submissions, and a lot of individual families and students have talked about their situations. The types of issues that you have raised are not unique to them; in fact, there seems to be quite a common thread.

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RURAL AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 13/10/2009 - Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Income Support for Students) Bill 2009

Senator Hanson-Young -Can I just clarify that. It is $1.8 billion that is being saved from cutting the $19½ thousand workplace participation eligibility criteria. That is how much that part of the current youth allowance budget exists. Because the government want to cut that, that frees up $1.8 billion. They are then putting that back into the dependents pool and the scholarship pool.

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RURAL AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 13/10/2009 - Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Income Support for Students) Bill 2009

Senator Hanson-Young -Can I just clarify that. It is $1.8 billion that is being saved from cutting the $19½ thousand workplace participation eligibility criteria. That is how much that part of the current youth allowance budget exists. Because the government want to cut that, that frees up $1.8 billion. They are then putting that back into the dependents pool and the scholarship pool.

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'Small Miracles' launched at Parliament House

The Bonnie Babes Foundation released its new book ‘Small Miracles' at Parliament House yesterday. The book has been published by one of Australia's top publishers Hachette Australia who publish everything from Enid Blyton to Stephen King and many well known titles in between. The book is now available in Target, Kmart, Myer, Big W, Dymocks, Angus & Robertson, Borders, Collins, 180 independent book sellers and specialty stores.

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