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Families Must Come Before Politics on Parental Leave

The Australian Greens have urged the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader to set aside election year politicking to help deliver proper paid parental leave, according to Green Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on the Status of Women, says it is vital that all sides of politics co-operate to ensure that there is a paid parental scheme in place before the next federal election.

"It is reassuring to see how far we have come in twelve months on paid parental leave,'' Senator Hanson-Young said.

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Youth Allowance Solution Needed In O-Week

The Federal Government must act urgently to bring on its Youth Allowance legislation this week, to give students the resolution they need before starting the academic year, according to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on Education, says Parliament has to deal with student income support as soon as possible to reassure students and families.

"The Government needs to show commitment to its Youth Allowance legislation, which has been in limbo for months,'' Senator Hanson-Young said.

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The Greens' Practical Plan to Solve the Youth Allowance Crisis

The Australian Greens have announced a three-point plan to solve the Youth Allowance crisis and provide vital assistance to students, according to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on Education, says the Senate's failure to pass legislation last year has left students and their families in total confusion over what is happening with student income support.

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Opposition Pigheadedness Leaves Students With Nothing

The Federal Opposition has betrayed students across Australia by blocking Youth Allowance legislation that would have removed the worst elements of the original flawed legislation and helped students to access income support for their tertiary careers.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on Education, says the Government's amended legislation, though imperfect, would have allowed scholarships for students and removed the retrospective nature of the original bill that the Coalition had objected to in the first place.

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Students Need An Agreement Now on Youth Allowance

The Australian Greens are working hard to improve the Government's flawed Youth Allowance legislation to help people who most need access to financial support for their tertiary careers, according to Green Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on Education, says that any major legislative reform has historically been backed up with proper funding and student income support should never have been treated any differently.

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Senate Salvages Youth Allowance Legislation

The Federal Government must decide whether to see sense or stick to its narrow-minded approach to student support for tertiary education after the passage of amendments to Youth Allowance legislation in the Senate, according to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, the Greens spokesperson on Education, says the Government failed to act despite widespread concerns about the impact of its proposed legislation.

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Senate votes to stop closure of National Archives in TAS, SA and NT

The Senate has today passed a Greens' motion calling on the government to reverse a decision to close the offices of the National Archives in Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said: "The government should properly consult with the public before closing down valuable public assets such as these. All Australians should have access to the collections in their home state or territory. Researchers in Tasmania, South Australia or the Northern Territory are no less valuable to the preservation of our history and culture."

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