Government makes no allowance

THOUSANDS of students on the Coffs Coast will remain in the dark about their Youth Allowance eligibility for some time yet, with the Government and Opposition remaining in a stalemate on the issue.

While furiously opposing changes to the Youth Allowance scheme, Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker said the Opposition has called for Commonwealth sponsored scholarships to be moved through on their own legislation to benefit students beginning study in 2010. “For those who commence their studies this year there are still no scholarships available. All Julia Gillard has achieved is a lot of uncertainty and anxiety for students and their families,” Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker said.

He said the matter could have been easily resolved if Ms Gillard had separated the new scholarships from the proposed new Youth Allowance changes.

“The Coalition has made it clear that if the two provisions were separated in legislation we would support the introduction of the new scholarships. But Ms Gillard’s hard line approach has descended into another Rudd Government stuff up.”

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