2 Aug 2008

Universal allowances for students under Greens policy

7:52 am on 2 August 2008

The Green Party says it would introduce a universal student allowance, and eventually phase out tertiary education fees.

It has released its Youth Affairs policy, which the party hopes will strengthen its proportion of the youth vote.

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman says a recent study shows students who receive an allowance are twice as likely to complete their studies.

He says for that reason, the party supports a universal allowance, while also capping annual tertiary education fees.

The party's policy includes the introduction of a paid 'gap year' for students for a range of environmental and social projects.

The Youth Affairs policy would also introduce a legal age limit of 18 for personal cannabis use.

Dr Norman says the Green Party has a higher proportion of the youth vote than other political parties.