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Gillard-Greens Agreement For Students And Sacked Workers Revealed

Media Release
Bob Brown 15 Feb 2009

Greens Leader Bob Brown has released a letter from Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard outlining measures to ensure thousands of low-income university students get the $950 student payment in this week's government economic stimulus package.

"The letter clears uncertainty which arose because, as the package originally read, eligibility was dependent on having been enrolled by 3 February. Most students enrol between now and the end of March."
"The letter also gives assurance that post-graduate students have access to the scheme. Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young worked hard to get this outcome."
"Students should now be aware that the deadline has been extended and they would do well to act now to ensure they are correctly enrolled so that they get the $950 student payments."
Minister Gillard has also confirmed that the liquid assets test for Australians losing their jobs in the economic downturn can keep more of their savings before getting government assistance.
"This was a compromise as the Greens wanted this restriction lifted much higher or abolished, arguing that workers who had saved money should not be penalised."
"Because the government agreed to cut the tax bonuses from $950 to $900, these measures together with the much wider job-creating components of the agreement with the Greens, add no cost to the $42b. package and therefore do not add to new government debt."

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