Teens join anti-federal budget rally in Parramatta

Resistance members also joined in the student protests against education cuts on May 21. Picture: Peter Boyle

Resistance members also joined in the student protests against education cuts on May 21. Picture: Peter Boyle

A group of western Sydney TAFE, high school and university students will support a Unions NSW rally in Parramatta tomorrow.

The Resistance Young Socialist Alliance’s involvement in the protest  against changes to social services  under the federal budget follows concerns that students asked to pay more for their degrees through the deregulation of university fees may also face job cuts in the workforce.

Resistance member Lawson Tanner, 16, said it was important students band together with others affected by the budget to ensure it is not passed.

The seasoned protester has previously spoken out for refugees, the gay and lesbian community and education.

‘‘For anyone who asks why we [high school students] protest, they should keep in mind that the deregulation of university fees comes into effect in 2016, so we are the ones who are going to be the most affected,’’ he said.

‘‘The Unions NSW rally is about everything that is wrong with the budget.

‘‘We all really need to stand together against the budget. If no one argues against them, these things will go ahead unopposed.

‘‘People are saying that we are an entitled generation and that the deregulation of fees marks the end of the age of entitlement, but most of those people were at uni in the Whitlam years and enjoyed a free education, which I think is pretty ironic.’’

Mr Tanner encouraged any students concerned about the budget’s measures to get involved in the rally.

It will be held on Thursday, June 5 at the Darcy Street entrance of Parramatta Train Station, at 12.30pm.

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