Australian Government

Open letter to :
Prime Minister the Hon Malcolm Turnbull
Minister for Education Simon Birmingham

3 May 2018

Dear Sirs
We write to you on this World Press Day and ask you to direct Treasury to allow space within the Budget lockup for student journalists to cover the Federal Budget.

This is the second year in a row that the Treasury has refused to allow students to attend, breaking a long tradition of student journalists breaking major stories of interest to youth and student audiences.

We call upon the Prime Minister and the Minister for Education to actively support journalism education and research in this country with this practical and appropriate sign of support to students in the development of skills for a profession that is central to democracy.

Alexandra Wake, Senior Lecturer RMIT University

We, the undersigned, call on the Australian Government to support student journalists by giving them access to the budget process in the same manner as other journalists."

The Supporting student journalists in Australia petition to Australian Government was written by Alexandra Wake and is in the category Education at GoPetition.