UWA Student Guild says latest budget leaves students behind

The UWA Student Guild has expressed disappointment in the Federal Budget’s impact on students and low-income earners.

Guild President Megan Lee said, “This budget’s decrease in student payments and $12 million funding freeze to the sector over 2 years are even more attacks on students after the MYEFO announcements.”

The budget details a $112 million dollar cut to the student payments program in 2018-19, with an expected decrease of $481 million over the four years to 2021-22.

“The decrease will see students who are already living below the poverty line receive barely any support from the government, locking them out of university education,” said Lee.

“What’s even more disappointing is that pre-budget cries from students to increase the Newstart allowance and improve Centrelink have been ignored. There are no changes to Newstart being proposed in the budget and a cut of 1280 jobs in the Department of Human Services will see frontline Centrelink services being outsourced.”

“While greater support for regional, rural and remote students studying away from home is a step in the right direction, this budget fails to address the ever-growing concerns about the accessibility of higher education for young people today.”

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Megan Lee – 105th UWA Student Guild President
E-mail: president@guild.uwa.edu.au
Phone: (08) 6488 2294

Posted on May 9, 2018

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