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Greens resolve to amend, inquire into Youth Allowance changes

The Greens have resolved to move amendments to the Budget bill that contains changes to Youth Allowance eligibility criteria and refer the issue to a Senate Inquiry, in light of community concern and Government resistance.

Two of the three workforce participation eligibility criteria will be removed from the Independence Test for Youth Allowance from 1 January 2010. 30,700 students are estimated to be affected by the proposed changes, including many who are on a ‘gap year’ in 2009.

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Youth Allowance changes spur action in community and parliament

Greens spokesperson for Education, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, says she will question federal government departments about controversial proposed changes to Youth Allowance this week, as students organise actions in protest around the country.

The National Union of Students have organised a National Day of Action around the theme ‘Make Youth Allowance Fair’, in response to the proposed changes to the workforce participation criteria for the Independent rate of Youth Allowance.

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Greens urge ACTU to back 26 weeks’ paid parental leave as workplace entitlement

The Greens have called on the Australian Council of Trade Unions to back a 26-week paid parental leave scheme at its Congress next week, in line with what the Greens’ parental leave bill offers.

The Congress will push for a broadening of the Federal Government’s proposed 18-week paid parental leave scheme to 26 weeks, and for it to include superannuation payments, it was reported today.

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Faces and voices of Youth Allowance changes’ collateral damage come to Parliament

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has urged the Federal Government to review its changes to Youth Allowance in the Budget, as she today hosted in Parliament a delegation of students and parents from regional and rural New South Wales and Canberra who are affected by the proposed changes.

Two of the three work eligibility criteria have been removed from the Independence Test for Youth Allowance in proposed Budget measures, effective from January 2010.

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Coalition urged to back Greens and oppose Youth Allowance Budget measures

The Greens have urged the Coalition to commit to opposing the Government’s proposed changes to Youth Allowance in the Budget – saving tens of thousands of students who have had their university careers thrown into disarray.

“There’s no doubt that the Government would be feeling unwelcome heat from the electorate because of the proposed Youth Allowance Budget measures, said Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson for Education.

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Greens urge Gillard: don’t target student income support for Budget savings

Greens spokesperson for Education, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says Education Minster Julia Gillard must heed widespread community concern and re-think proposed changes to Youth Allowance in Budget measures that will impact on young people and their families.

Senator Hanson-Young today wrote to Minister Gillard to urge her to re-think the removal of two work eligibility criteria for qualifying for the independent rate of Youth Allowance, announced in last week’s Federal Budget.

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