First Interim Report

First Interim report

4 February 2015

© Commonwealth of Australia 2015
ISBN 978-1-76010-138-1

View the report as a single document - (PDF 431KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Membership of the Committee (PDF 20KB)
List of Recommendations (PDF 28KB)
Chapter 1 (PDF 31KB)

Establishment of the Select Committee
Conduct of the inquiry

Chapter 2 - Government changes to Newstart (PDF 75KB)

Changes to Newstart in the budget
Criticisms of the government's changes to Newstart
Committee View

Chapter 3 - The Abbott Government's cuts to funding for Youth Connections and Reclink Australia (PDF 110KB)

Youth Connections
Commonwealth funding for Youth Connections
The strengths of Youth Connections
A unique service
Reclink Australia
Commonwealth funding for Reclink
Reclink's strengths
A unique service
Increased costs for the Commonwealth from cuts to Youth Connections and Reclink Australia
Committee View

Chapter 4 - The Abbott Government's cuts to education (PDF 109KB)

Higher Education
Vocational Education and Training
School Funding
Committee view

Government Senators' dissenting report (PDF 60KB)

Unsustainable funding needs to be addressed
The Government's budget is responsible and timely
Making welfare sustainable
Assisting Australians who want to work
Reforms to higher education


Answers to Questions on Notice


Committee Secretariat contact:

Senior Clerk's Office
Department of the Senate
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

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Fax: +61 2 6277 3899