Students in SA shouldn’t be forced to live in poverty

The Australian Greens today said that Universities Australia’s report, which showed that two thirds of university students are living below the poverty line, shows why the Greens’ plan to increase Youth Allowance payments by $50 a week is a matter of urgency.

“Young South Australians shouldn’t be living in poverty on $29 a day when they’re working towards a brighter future,” Greens’ spokesperson for youth Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“It’s a great concern that the report showed a third of students are missing classes for work and 17 per cent are worried they won’t be able to afford food or other necessities.

“Students should be focused on study, not worried about whether they will be able to eat and pay their rent.

“Raising youth allowance by $50 per week would allow these students to go to class with confidence that they’re not going to go hungry for the sake of their education.

“These figures are particularly discouraging for students from low socio-economic backgrounds and Aboriginal students who might be put off from university by the prospect of severe debt and difficulty.

The Greens’ have a fully costed plan to lift students out of poverty by raising Youth Allowance while the old parties just look out for the interests of billionaire mining companies.

“A fairer mining tax would fund measures that care for young people in South Australia by helping them meet their everyday expenses while they study.”

 

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