SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
LINDA BURNEY MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FAMILIES AND SOCIAL SERVICES
MEMBER FOR BARTON
LABOR SECURES STIMULUS CHANGES FOR STUDENTS
Students will now be able to access the Coronavirus Supplement after Labor secured changes from the Government late last night.
230,000 full-time students who receive Youth Allowance, Austudy and Absudy will receive the $550 per fortnight boost to their payments.
Yesterday, Labor wrote to the Minister for Families and Social Services Senator Anne Ruston calling for the changes to be made.
Students who lose their job or have their hours significantly reduced – their budgets will be impacted in the same way as other working age social security recipients.
The reality is Coronavirus does not distinguish between the various categories of those who need help.
Our social safety net should remain as flexible as possible to meet this great challenge ahead.
Labor worked with student and community groups to secure the changes.
Labor also expressed concern about the payments only being available from 27 April – in five weeks’ time – and asked the Government to bring forward the payments on an urgent basis.
Our social safety net should be there for anyone who needs it, particularly as we face the health and economic consequences of the Coronavirus pandemic.
TUESDAY, 24 MARCH 2020