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First Childcare Inquiry hearing reveals Govt missed opportunity to transform sector

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says the first day of evidence in the Senate Inquiry into childcare she established has revealed a sector still reeling from the corporate collapse of ABC Learning eight months ago, and missed opportunities for the Federal Government to have driven a childcare transformation.

Hearings for the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee’s Inquiry into the provision of childcare began today in Brisbane, with more scheduled to take place in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart and Adelaide over the next fortnight.

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Second Reading Speech: Social Security Legislation Amendment (Training Incentive) Bill 2009

I rise to speak to the Government’s Social Security Amendment (Training Incentives) Bill 2009, which implements the “Compact with Young Australians” and indicate that the Greens will not be opposing the legislation.

While we have indicated that we will be supporting the Bill, the Government must assure the young people of Australia, that the additional training places announced by COAG on April 30, will provide young Australians with skills to match the jobs of the future.

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Senate Inquiry: Youth Allowance

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: 

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Senate will inquire into rural and regional uni struggles in wake of Youth Allowance fallout

The Greens look forward to consulting with rural and regional communities through a Senate Inquiry to better support aspiring tertiary students from those areas, in the wake of the Federal Government’s changes to Youth Allowance.

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young and Nationals Senator Fiona Nash today jointly moved a motion to establish a Senate Inquiry into the challenges facing students from rural and regional Australia in accessing higher education, which was supported by the Senate. It is due to report by August 30 2009.

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Greens join with Coalition to move for Inquiry into rural, regional uni struggles

The Greens have joined forces with the Coalition to move for a Senate Inquiry into how to better support rural and regional students in the wake of changes to Youth Allowance.

Today Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young and Nationals Senator Fiona Nash gave notice of motion to refer the Youth Allowance changes’ impact on rural and regional students to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee.

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Estimates mount pressure on Govt to re-think proposed Youth Allowance changes

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says pressure is mounting on the Federal Government to re-think their proposed changes to the Youth Allowance Independence Test.

Senator Hanson-Young, the Greens’ spokesperson for Education, has been questioning the Education Department about the controversial proposed changes to Youth Allowance contained in Budget measures, as part of Senate Estimates this week.

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