Today's motion talks about the government's commitment to Australians, particularly younger people. What I am particularly concerned about is: which young people and where? In my community, we have found that the recent scholarships and industry training hubs have cut our community out. I have concerns about just which young people will be able to benefit.
I recently wrote to Minister for Education and Youth regarding the Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians. This program is accessible to residents of the former Gosford LGA in Robertson but not residents of the former Wyong LGA in Dobell, despite Wyong and the former Gosford and Wyong councils being one LGA. There is no reason for young people living in Dobell to miss out on the scholarships. Their needs are just as great.