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Unemployed young people want to work, Mr. Keating!



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ΓΛΚΙ I A M F N T O F AV. S TKAF I A H O U S K O F K F l ' K E S F N l ' AVl YKK

DK DAVID K E M P M.H MEMBER FOR GOLDSTEIN SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION

368 O u tre Bond, Bcntlcigh, Vie. 3204 Tel: (03) 357 4644 Fox: (03) 557 2906

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UNEMPLOYED YOUNG PEOPLE WANT WORK, MR. KEATINGI x*

Mr. Keating' t i proposal that all young people should stay in the education system until age 20 is yet another attempt to distract attention from the government's massive bread) of faith with young people.

Mr. Keating t;imply refuses to acknowledge that there are many young people who desperately need work experience and who cannot find it because Labor and the union movement have connived to price young people out of jobs for many years now.

It is clear that many unwilling young people have been forced back into classrooms by Labor's policy, even though they are not interested in the curriculum being offered, and that this is adversely affecting discipline and intensifying the burdens on teachers. /

It ii unrealistic to say that all young people will benefit from being kept out of the workforce until they are 20. It may make Mr. Keating's unemployment statistics look better, but such an enforced withdrawal from the workforce would not be in

the interest of many young people.

The Carmichael proposals fall to acknowledge the wide

dilterences in the needs of Individual young people. Mr. Keating and Laurie Carmichael want to force all young people into one uniform bureaucratic mould, when in fact a great diversity of arrangements are required.

The Government has failed to provide adequate training opportunities and to ensure that there are courses which meet the wide variety of needs of young people. It has lost the plot in vocational education and training.

The Coalition recognizes these realities in its proposals for a youth training wage and for major reform of the training system set out In FIGHTBACK!

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