Kate is passionate about contributing to public debate on a wide range of important issues. Here are some of the issues she has touched on in the past.
- Should successful athletes have to pay back the AIS 10 Jun 2009
- Let's give youth voice now for a better future 12 Oct 2008
- Organ donation it's the greatest gift of all 21 Sep 2008
- Is safe sex message falling on deaf ears 31 Aug 2008
- Grassroots funding is key to Olympic glorys 10 Aug 2008
- Easy to overlook big issue of homelessness 20 Jul 2008
- Trailblazer Natasha leaves lasting legacy 29 Jun 2008
- Heavy hitters boost our World Cup hopes 01 Jun 2008
- Youth Forum Discussion Paper 17 May 2008
- We can't take sport for granted 11 May 2008
- Women truly can do anything be anything 20 Apr 2008
- Let the Games begin with all our athletes 30 Mar 2008
- Proud past but future a challenge for women 09 Mar 2008
- Young people will be heard at highest level 17 Feb 2008
- Our nation has changed dramatically in three weeks 16 Dec 2007
- Mobile Phone Towers 23 Sep 2007
- Bradken Foundry 01 Jul 2007
- Full Fees 03 Jun 2007
- Eating Disorders 17 Dec 2006
- Iraq 27 Jul 2006
- Electoral Laws 26 Jun 2006
- Dental 08 Jan 2006
- Make Poverty History 18 Sep 2005
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17 Feb 2008 - Consultation to improve campus services
Students, the higher education sector, sports and community groups will be asked for their views on how to restore vital support services and sporting facilities on Australian university campuses.
The Minister for Youth, Kate Ellis, today invited comment on a discussion paper to help identify and examine the best way to improve campus services.
The discussion paper will examine the financial impact of voluntary student unionism on institutions and organisations, services, student representation and student advocacy.
Ms Ellis said the paper would also explore options for ensuring sustainable services are provided in the future.
"The Australian Government will work to ensure university students have access to vital campus services, including childcare, healthcare, counselling and sporting facilities," Ms Ellis said.
"Whilst we recognise we cannot return to the compulsory student unionism arrangements of the past, we are committed to independent and democratic student representation.
"The previous government's approach has made it difficult for many university students to access essential campus services.
"The Government will collaborate with universities to find a solution to these problems."
Ms Ellis will meet higher education stakeholders including universities, students, small businesses, sports and community groups from across Australia through February and early March. Anyone with an interest in this important issue is encouraged to respond to the discussion paper.
The discussion paper is available at: www.dest.gov.au/vsu
Closing date for submissions for the discussion paper is COB Tuesday 11 March 2008.