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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 18/09/2009 - Welfare of international students

Senator Hanson Young -I have a question that follows on from that, and I apologise if you have already answered it. In relation to the idea of some type of body, one-stop shop, commission, ombudsman or whatever, given the international student sector is our third largest export, do you think that there could be a role for a parliamentary secretary who works with the education minister?

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Greens call for Education Commission as Govt faces up to international student realities

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has reiterated the Greens’ call for an independent Education Commission to be established, as the Federal Government is forced to face up to the realities of the international education sector this week.

A roundtable of 31 international students, handpicked from 1300 applicants, is being convened by Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Canberra today and tomorrow. Meanwhile, the Greens-established Senate Inquiry into the welfare of international students continues.

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Greens will move to amend Youth Allowance legislation to support geographically disadvantaged students

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says the Greens will move to amend the controversial Youth Allowance budget measures legislation when it reaches the Senate, to accommodate geographically disadvantaged students.

The Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Income Support for Students) Bill 2009 was introduced in the House of Representatives today, providing for budget measures relating to the Youth Allowance student income support payment.

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Greens call for Australian Student Card to apply to all domestic, international students nationwide

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young is calling for a nationwide Australian Student Card to be introduced, as the Senate Inquiry into the welfare of international students continues, and student groups prepare to rally at NSW State Parliament House this afternoon.

The Inquiry, established by Senator Hanson-Young in June and carried out by the Senate’s Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee, holds a hearing in Sydney today. Senator Hanson-Young will also address the Fair Education: Justice for International Students rally when it reaches Parliament House.

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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 02/09/2009 - Welfare of international students

Senator Hanson Young —You have raised the issue of work restrictions as part of the visa requirements. Is there anything else from a legal perspective that you think is a bit of a misdemeanour in terms of helping students know what their rights and responsibilities are or perhaps conflicts with the outcomes and requirements under the ESOS Act, from a student visa perspective?

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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 02/09/2009 - Welfare of international students

Senator Hanson Young -We heard yesterday from the Victorian section of the Federation of Indian Students of Australia about some of the broader issues. Perhaps we could tease out some of the particular issues in relation to Sterling College as a bit of an example. We know that the government have announced that they want all of the education providers to reregister.

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Education Commission needed to restore, safeguard quality and integrity of international education in Australia

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says evidence given at today’s senate inquiry hearing into the welfare of international students highlights the need for an independent Education Commission to be set up in Australia as a one-stop national authority for international and domestic students.

The Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee’s inquiry into the welfare of international students, established by Senator Hanson-Young in May, is meeting in Melbourne today and Sydney tomorrow.

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