Students concerned about finance and welfare ahead of the election

Young people are particularly concerned about their personal finances, education and student wellbeing ahead of the election later this year, it has been revealed.

The Penrith City Star asked a number of 19 and 20-year-olds in Lindsay, New South Wales about the issues that matter to them.

David Webb, 20, from Leonay, said that student finance should be a major talking point in the election.

"Student welfare is under-valued," he said. "We can’t maintain a full-time job but we’ve got to work so many hours to maintain ourselves. If any politician comes out with a recognition of that, that would determine my vote."

Meanwhile, Alan Hoang, 19, from South Penrith argued that education "can solve a lot of problems" and said he felt governments should continue investing in the sector despite economic conditions. A cutback in funding would certainly affect the decisions of those looking to compare student finances in search of the best options.

Other issues of concern among the students questioned included immigration, climate change and health.

Earlier this week, Lily Yuen, president of La Trobe University’s international students’ association, told the Age she was shocked and angered by the Coalition’s plans to cut migration by potentially targeting foreign academics and trainees.

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