ABC RURAL: Parents celebrate as Parliament signs off on Youth Allowance changes to make university more accessible for country kids

Pic: ICPA members celebrate youth allowance changes. Source: ICPA/ABC Rural     BY Anna Vidot The Federal Parliament has signed off on changes to Youth Allowance that will make it easier for rural and remote students to go to university. The Family Actual Means Test and Family Asset Test will be removed from the Youth Allowance Personal…

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THE GUARDIAN: Gambling laws: government should impose national tax, says senator

Pic source: dss.gov.au BY Katharine Murphy The federal government should impose a new national gaming tax and prohibit Australians from gambling with foreign operators through “banking and other tools”, Nationals senator Bridget McKenzie has said. The Victorian backbench senator, who flagged her plan with the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, when he was communications minister, said…

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Will Female Foodies be the Future of Australia’s Economy?

•Women are driving the creation of digital technology in the food industry •Australia’s Food industry is more valuable than mining •Huge potential for economic growth: technology start-ups could add $100 billion to Australia’s GDP* Hackfood 2015 Liz Kaelin, Monica Wulf, Natia English With the future of Australia’s mining industry beginning to fade, a growing community…

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WANGARATTA CHRONICLE: Probing alleged boycott

Pic source: meatprojects.com.au BY Jamie Kronborg AUSTRALIAN Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Simms has admitted his agency is no closer to determining if any action is warranted against buyers who allegedly participated in the so-called 'Barnawartha boycott' of a February cattle sale at the Northern Victoria Livestock Exchange (NVLX). An ACCC investigation began eight…

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NEWS.COM.AU: Victorian Nationals senator Bridget McKenzie on Australian gun control

Pic source: news.com.au http://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/victorian-nationals-senator-bridget-mckenzie-on-australian-gun-control/story-fnpjxnlk-1227580961935 BRIDGET McKenzie wears her engraved Beretta over a shoulder and looks an elegant version of that American creation, the “hottie with a shottie”. The Victorian Nationals’ senator speaks of the “empowerment” she gets from her double-barrel firearm when she shoots targets or wildlife. And she fires off lists of figures to…

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ABC PM: Autistic children home-schooled because of a lack of school places

Pic source: australiancurriculumlessons.com.au DAVID MARK: Disability advocates say autistic children are being turned away from mainstream schools because they lack specialised support. As a result, families with autistic children say they're being forced to home-school their kids. Many parents have told a Senate inquiry that their autistic children are bullied, misunderstood or placed in cages…

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AUSTRALIAN: Campaign to give rural students greater support

Pic source: The Australian. Samuel Brazel says there’s financial and emotional pressure on students from the bush. Picture: Britta Campion Source: News Corp Australia http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/campaign-to-give-rural-students-greater-support/story-e6frgcjx-1227567913997 BY Kylar Loussikian As a student from rural Australia with indigenous heritage, the odds are well and truly stacked against Samuel Brazel, at least according to reams of statistics produced…

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WEEKLY TIMES: Housing cost is uni hurdle for country kids

Pic: Senator McKenzie listening to student concerns at a recent regional forum in Tasmania, hosted by Member for Lyons, Eric Hutchinson. http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/news/national/housing-cost-is-uni-hurdle-for-country-kids/story-fnkfnspy-1227567711579 BY Natalie Kotsios FROM parents taking out second mortgages, to students working four jobs — these are the real costs of higher education for country people. And innovation, not money, is the key to…

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