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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 29/10/2010 - National Assessment Program-Literacy and Numeracy

Senator Hanson Young —There has been lots of discussion about the abuse of the My School website and whether it is helpful, who it is helpful for and what that kind of transparency means not just for parents and teachers in schools but also government, in making sure there is accountability across all of those different interest groups.

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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 29/10/2010 - National Assessment Program-Literacy and Numeracy

Senator Hanson Young -You have talked about this as a complementary measure to the already existing NAPLAN tests and you are arguing that being able to put out all this information means more transparency and greater breadth of information. In your opening statement you made a comment around needing to use this for action. What do you mean by that?

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Valuing Higher Education

The Australian Greens are committed to making Higher Education a priority, even if the old parties won't.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on Education, says the cornerstone of the Greens' policy is a series of initiatives to help Australia meet its target to have 20 per cent of higher education enrolments at undergraduate level coming from low SES backgrounds by the year 2020.

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Greens Call For National Student Card

The Australian Greens have called for a proposal for a National Student Card to be put on the COAG agenda as a matter of urgency, according to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on Education, says it's important that the discrepancies between states and territories on tertiary student access to concession transport are ironed out as soon as possible.

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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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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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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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