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Senator Natasha Stott Despoja Democrats Senator for South Australia Australian Democrats spokesperson for Higher Education

Dated: 28 September 2005 Press Release Number: 480 Portfolio: Children & Youth Affairs Related: Higher Education

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ACT youth need more services: Poll

Many ACT youth worry about the lack of services directed at them, Senator Natasha Stott Despojas annual Youth Poll survey has revealed. Senator Stott Despoja has expressed concern that such a large number (71%) feel they are missing out on services. "Young peoples access to services such as counselling and support groups is critical for maintaining their health and wellbeing," Senator Stott Despoja said. Youth Poll 2005 also revealed many young peoples lives are touched by suicide, with more than half of respondents knowing someone who had attempted or committed suicide. Other major issues for young people this year include: increased university fees (65% say increased HECS fees will discourage them from attending university); reconciliation (71% believe the Government should enter into a treaty with Indigenous Australians); and, access to contraception (80% want young people to have access to free birth control). "A significantly higher percentage of respondents than last year (60% compared to 42%) do not support the mandatory detention of asylum seekers. "For more than a decade, Youth Poll has provided young people with a forum to express their views on a range of topics. "Through Youth Poll, young peoples views are publicised in the media and reported to Parliament," Senator Stott Despoja said. Other State-specific findings include: an overwhelming 85% of New South Wales respondents do not want a night curfew for P-platers; 74% of South Australian respondents do not support the impounding of cars playing loud music or doing burnouts; and, 68% of respondents from Western Australia reject increasing the school leaving age.