New Zealand ‘underclass’ denied access to higher education, welfare and the prospect of citizenship under rules which disproportionately affect minorities

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Andenet Welelaw wants to be a rocket scientist. With a goal of completing a double degree in science and engineering before embarking on a career as an aerospace engineer, the 17-year-old from Melbourne’s west is ambitious and smart.

His hard work during VCE exams last year paid off, and he has already been offered a spot to study engineering at RMIT University, while he still awaits an offer from Monash University and the University of Melbourne.

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