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Vic: Student unions welcome budget =3D2

12 May 2009 9:44 PM

Postgraduate students say the reputation of the higher education sector will be boosted by funding increases.

Nigel Farmer, national president of the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations, said extending access to youth allowance and Austudy to 40,000 postgrad students was welcome.

The increase in stipends for postgraduate awards was also a plus, he said.

"This budget will be welcomed by Australia's quarter of a million postgraduate students and it contains reforms that are long overdue," Mr Farmer said.