Marino was born in Harvey and established a small business in 1972.
Nola Marino has been a vocal opponent of the Rudd/Gillard government’s changes to the Independent Youth Allowance Criteria, that she believes discriminates against young people. Marino believes that “Arbitrary lines on a map now define which students come under which Independent Youth Allowance criteria.” The new criteria, Marino believes forces young people, who live in regional years, to take two gap years, so that they can complete the 18 months work required to get independent youth allowance. Nola Marino campaigns strongly that finding work for this period of time is very difficult in small towns and regional centresNola Marino’s main criticisms of the new criteria are as follows
The legislation does not take into account seasonal employment sectors such as tourism and agriculture in regional areas, creating further barriers for regional students
Regional students face significantly increased costs associated with relocating for study
Many regional students have no choice but to relocate to study
Australia's geography and demography pose heavy challenges for regional......