It is disappointing that Labor and Coalition MPs joined ranks to claw back this money from low-income students already struggling to make ends meet in full-time study.
Greens higher education spokeswoman Senator Lee Rhiannon commenting on the government’s decision to delay scholarships for low-income students to assist with the high costs of starting higher education. The Australian Greens voted against the last-minute amendment in the Senate to freeze the scholarship funds. The amendment, tacked on to the Higher Education Support Amendment (Streamlining) Bill 2012, will delay the indexation of Student Start-up Scholarships until January 2017 and was flagged in the recent mid-year economic fiscal outlook.
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