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PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA · T H E S E N A T E

SENATOR MICHAEL BAUME SENATOR FOR NEW SO UTH WALES

S H A D O W M IN IS T E R FOR T H E ARTS, H E R I T A G E SPORT A N D Y O U T H AFFAIRS

83,500 YOUNG AUSTRALIANS DISAPPEAR FROM UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

The major disaster in March's highest-ever 12 month full time job loss figure is that more than half (57.6%) of the lost jobs had been held by young Australians aged under 20 years, Shadow

Minister for Youth Affairs, Senator Michael Baume said in

Parliament today.

Senator Baume told the Senate that official Australian Bureau of Statistics figures issued today showed that 192,200 full time jobs had been wiped out during the 12 months to March 1991, of which 110,700 had been filled by young people aged 15 to 19

years.

"Young Australians are clearly the major sufferers from Mr Keating's recession we had to have.

"These horrific job loss figures also indicate a massive level of understatement of youth unemployment in Australia which is far higher in reality than the official level of 25.8% or more than one in four (about three times the adult rate).

"This is evident from the fact that official youth unemployment is stated to have risen by only 27,200 over the last 12 months, but this accounts for only one quarter of the huge youth job

losses of 110,700.

"So what happened to the remaining 83,500 young Australians who lost their jobs but have not appeared in the unemployment

statistics ?

"Some are accounted for by the statistical gimmick that removes from the unemployment figures unpaid workers such as children who work for no wages on a family farm because there are no paid jobs available.

"There is also no doubt that the Government is using Austudy payments to secondary school students (who now exceed the number of tertiary students receiving Austudy) as a way to cover up the real level of youth unemployment which is clearly now far worse than in the 1983 recession.

"There are now 118,500 fewer young Australians in jobs than in March 1983 which was the worst month for youth unemployment for the Fraser years.

"This is despite the Hawke Government's promise seven years ago to correct the then levels of youth unemployment which Mr Hawke then said 'should not be tolerated' an that 'no Australian

government should ever be forgiven for creating'.

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"The worst State for youth unemployment is Tasmania with 30.3% aged between 15 and 19 unable to find full time work followed by Victoria with 28.2% (almost double the March 1990 figure of 14.7%), Queensland with 27.6%, Western Australian with 26.0%,

South Australia with 25.9% and with NSW the only State with a Liberal Government, by far the lowest at 21.2% , " Senator Baume said.

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11 April 1991