International students studying at tertiary institutions in NSW are not eligible for travel concessions.
Every student deserves travel concessions. No matter where they were born or the colour of their passport.
International students are under even more financial pressure than most - they pay the same unaffordable rents, the same taxes and the same other costs as any other student, but they also pay higher fees, can work less and don't get any support from the Government.
Getting a concession on daily travel could be the difference between being able to eat or not, being about to get to work or not. It’s a small change, with a big impact.
These students are a key part of our community and inject billions of dollars into the economy every year. We need to end this discrimination now.
In 2006, The NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal found that excluding international students from travel concessions was racial discrimination. But rather than complying with the decision, the NSW Government passed new legislation to make travel concessions exempt from the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act. That is not ok.
Help us change this now - sign the petition and urge the Premier to support our Transport Administration Amendment (International Students Travel Concessions) Bill 2020.
Dear Gladys Berejiklian - NSW Premier,
We urge you to support the Transport Administration Amendment (International Students Travel Concessions) Bill 2020 to end the discrimination against international students by allowing them equal access to travel concessions.
Take a minute to send a message to the NSW government to ask that they act to urgently support and protect renters.
We want to renters to get a better deal during this pandemic and beyond. Housing is a human right and everyone should have the right to a safe, secure and affordable place to live, especially at this time.
By taking this action you will be adding your voice to support renters who've lost their usual income, don’t know how to pay the rent, and are being unfairly burdened with trying to individually negotiate from a position of weakness.
To Gladys Berejiklian - NSW Premier.
I ask that you protect renters and provide relief and assistance so that they are not left struggling to negotiate with landlords or cope with unaffordable rents and huge rent debts.
I want to see:
- No unfair 'No Grounds' or retaliatory evictions - now or in the future.
- Affordable rents - paying no more than 30% of your income means that the rent is affordable.
- No rent debt - no rental agreements that include the accumulation of rent debt.
- An emergency housing fund - to support people who’ve fallen through the gaps including those living in sharehouses, boarding houses, student accommodation, backpackers and informal housing arrangements and who are ineligible for income or other support.