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Labour Restates Student Allowances Policy

Hon Pete Hodgson
Minister for Tertiary Education


17 July 2008
Media Release
Labour Restates Student Allowances Policy

Tertiary Education Minister Pete Hodgson said today he wanted to restate that Labour’s position on student allowances was to move progressively over a period of time towards a universal student allowance but not go directly to one.

He said earlier this year he asked officials to cost a universal student allowance as he knew students would ask for this in the lead up to the Budget.

“This is the situation, that Labour’s oft stated policy remains one of moving progressively towards a universal student allowance rather than directly to one.”

He said that of all the students who would receive an allowance, should it be made universal, 57% are already receiving an allowance.


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