International students will be ‘heartened’ by the win in a recent legal battle in NSW, reported by The Age. The Administrative Decisions Tribunal in Sydney found the state’s 20,000 overseas students were being discriminated against by being refused travel concession cards.
South of the border in Victoria there is no word as to whether a similar legal bid is underway. Union leaders have been waging a fruitless campaign to win public transport concessions for international, postgraduate and part-time students.
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Overseas students – our education product and future tourism ambassadors. Education is a large, lucrative and increasingly competitive market. Marc Barry, Activities Coordinator for international students at RMIT English Worldwide, the University’s language arm in Melbourne, says students can be ambassadors for a state or region, attracting parents? visits and future students. But more than this, students are young people, not just names on an enrolment list and are entitled to be treated as such.
Claudia Doria in her book International students & ‘Homestay’ totally supports Marc in his stance.
Claudia’s book ‘The Truth about being an International Student’ will be officially launched at Reading’s Bookstore in Carlton, Melbourne, 10 May 2006.