Concerns were voiced in parliament last week about the impact the federal budget would youth in regional areas.MONIQUE FREER May 21, 2014 3:35am
Concerns were aired in parliament last week about the impact the federal budget would have on young people in regional areas.
Federal Member for Indi Cathy McGowan spoke in parliament on Thursday, questioning Treasurer Joe Hockey about the impact the Work For the Dole scheme would have on youth in regional Victoria.
She told the Ensign last week the increase of the eligibility age for the dole (Newstart) from 22 to 25 years, and the introduction of a six-month waiting period for those under 30, would have negative impacts across the Indi electorate.
From January 1 next year, those subject to the new system will have to wait six months and then work for the dole for another six months before either getting a job, or getting cut off again for another six months.
‘‘New social security policies for young people will put more pressure and stress on young people who aren’t earning an income and have few job or skills-training options,’’ Ms McGowan said.
‘‘Youth unemployment is high and education options are few in Wodonga, Wangaratta and Benalla and small country towns. I am concerned that these new welfare policies will be difficult to implement in my electorate.’’
Those under 25 will be put on the Youth Allowance and paid at a lower rate.
Furthermore, the federal budget also revealed changes that will allow universities to set their own tuition fees from 2016.
With a regional campus in Shepparton, La Trobe University student union president Rose Steele said this would further disadvantage regional students hit with relocation costs when attending university.
‘‘The proposed changes will push students who already struggle to make ends meet into a lifetime of debt,’’ Ms Steele said.
‘‘For many students these changes will create an ultimatum of whether to study or work.’’
Ms Steele said the proposed budget changes would exacerbate the challenges of young people in rural and regional areas, further decreasing access.
‘‘Students are already facing a decade worth of debt from studying at university,’’ she said.
‘‘The detriment of this will be felt by generations of students to come, who will find education completely inaccessible.
‘‘The government are gambling the future of Australia without a care for quality or equity.’’
Students already studying will not be affected until the end of 2020, and one fifth of the additional revenue will be used to fund scholarships to those from disadvantaged backgrounds who want to attend university.
At the other end of the spectrum the pension eligibility age was increased to 70 by 2035, and will increase by six months every two years in line with inflation from 2017.
Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said this was in line with Australia’s ageing population.
‘‘That is why we are raising the age pension age to 70 — but not for two decades; providing payments up to $10
Ms McGowan will travel around the electorate in the coming week to host listening posts for community feedback about the budget. Ms McGowan will be in Benalla, outside Mitchell Health Care, Bridge St, from 10.30
Councillors have formally supported the proposed Shepparton bypass and endorsed combining two early stages to try maximise the project’s chances for securing funding.
More than 800 golfers throughout Australia converged on Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort's five-day 2016 May Tournament from Monday to Friday last week.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
BRIGHT and sunny weather made for perfect conditions for Rochester Hotel’s inaugural Motors and Music Fest on Saturday, May 7.
ROCHESTER and Elmore District Health Services is now $12,000 richer and management can’t wait to spend it.
Former AFL star and Bali bombing survivor Jason McCartney is the guest speaker for Kyabram's Sportstar of the Year event.
Cole, Clifton in final squad
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
A WINTRY day was turned to spring on Friday when the mums and students of Holy Rosary Primary School hosted the school’s annual Mother’s Day luncheon.
Students at Cobram Primary School were raring to go for the last day of NAPLAN testing last week after tucking in to a special breakfast provided by the school’s Parents and Friends Committee.
Plans for the release of a carp herpes virus has captured the attention of international press.
Farmers from northern Victoria will join a protest rally over milk prices in Melbourne tomorrow, Wednesday.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.