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Listening to the diverse voices of Australia's youth.



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MEDIA RELEASE DR DAVID KEMP, MP

Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs K226 18 September 2001

LISTENING TO THE DIVERSE VOICES OF AUSTRALIA’S YOUTH

Young Australians from many walks of life come together again this week for the final session of the 2001 National Youth Roundtable.

The National Youth Roundtable is a comprehensive consultation process giving young people direct access to the highest levels of the Australian Government. Through local consultation with their peers, the Roundtable members ensure that many more than 50 youth voices are heard on the issues impacting on their generation.

During the meeting, the fifty youth members will speak with Cabinet Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries and Members of Parliament. Tomorrow at Parliament House they will formally present the findings of their community projects.

“The Youth Roundtable is an exciting opportunity for young people to directly relate to the Government about issues that concern their contemporaries and their communities,” said the Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Dr David Kemp.

“The Howard Government has clearly demonstrated its commitment to consulting with youth and organisations concerned with young people. One of the Roundtable’s greatest successes is its diversity of membership, with its participants bringing a broad range of experiences with them.

“The Roundtable is about youth leadership and development and finding possibilities to improve the outcomes for young people across Australia. I congratulate the Roundtable members on the breadth of issues they have brought to the agenda, including: health, education, employment, rural youth opportunities and facilities, equity, environment and the law,” said Dr Kemp.

“You are looking at topical and relevant issues in the lives of young Australians. You have tackled these issues with enthusiasm and a commitment to presenting the views of your peers nationally,” Dr Kemp told the Roundtable members.

“The Howard Government wants young Australians to have a chance to present the views of their communities and have their say about young people’s issues. You have given us a great opportunity to learn more about the needs of young Australians today,” said Dr Kemp.

“Through Roundtable involvement, members have discovered their commitment to and role as young Australians in youth issues as the voices of Australia's future,” said Bickkie Nguyen, a 2001 Roundtable member.

Applications are open for the National Youth Roundtable 2002 for young people aged between 15 and 24. They can apply now by accessing www.thesource.gov.au or ringing 1800 624 309. Applications close on 5 October 2001.

Media Contacts: Catherine Job, Minister’s Office (02) 62777 460 or 0408 648 400 Susan Finnigan, Member interviews (02) 6240 7397 or 0412 998 538