CALL FOR UNIVERSAL STUDENT TRANSPORT CONCESSIONS IN NSW STATE PARLIAMENT (01/05/2012)
On Tuesday 1st May, MP Sonia Hornery, whose constituency includes the Callaghan campus, spoke at length about student transport conceesions. Her speech can be found here and we've presented it below (source: NSW State Parliament Hansard).
Last week, Tuesday 24th April, Sonia attended a forum, alongside Newcastle MP Tim Owen, held at NUSA on student transport concessions. In her speech, she referred to the Callaghan campus and made references to material NUSA provided in a submission.
If you would like to get involved in this campaign, come to NUSA and sign the petition or fill in a case sheet!
NUSA is calling for Universal Eligibility to Student Transport Concessions.
Right now, the following students to not qualify for a concession:
Domestic part-time students and working students are able to rort the system. Part-time students enrol in a full load and then unenrol, whilst students who work simply do not declare this. NUSA's position is that students should not have to break the law in order to receive a concession.
Ms SONIA HORNERY (Wallsend) [12.09 p.m.]: In today's society we understand the importance of university education. We also understand the importance of equality and promoting it for our younger generation. Why then do we have legislation that subjectively differentiates between our university students in deciding who is and who is not deserving of transport concessions? Such discrimination prevents many in need from enjoying that privilege.