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MEETING OF COMMONWEALTH MINISTERS CONCERNED WITH YOUTH

The M i n i s t e r f o r Tourism and R e c r e a t i o n , Mr, F .E .

S t e w a r t , to d ay r e l e a s e d d e t a i l s of A u s t r a l i a n s r e p r e s e n t a t i o n

a t th e m eeting of Commonwealth M i n i s t e r s concerned w ith Youth

M a t t e r s to be h e l d i n Lusaka, Zambia, from 29th J a n u a ry t o

3 rd F e b r u a r y ,

Mr, S t e w a rt s a i d , "The Government views t h i s as a

m ost i m p o r ta n t c o n fe re n c e as i t w i l l make a comprehensive

re v ie w of t h e whole complex of you th p ro b lem s, t a k i n g i n t o

a c c o u n t th e s p e c i f i c needs of d i f f e r e n t c o u n t r i e s and r e g i o n s

and se e k in g ways i n which member c o u n t r i e s can. h e lp each o t h e r . "

Mr, S t e w a rt s a i d , "I am d i s a p p o i n t e d a t n o t b e in g

a b le to a t t e n d t h e c o n fe re n c e p e r s o n a l l y , I b e l i e v e i t w i l l

be of g r e a t v a lu e i n p r o v i d in g an exchange of i n f o r m a ti o n

and id e a s which w i l l a s s i s t i n the developm ent of p o s i t i v e

programmes f u r t h e r t o encourage i n i t i a t i v e s f o r youth' i n

Commonwealth c o u n t r i e s i n c l u d i n g A u s t r a l i a and Papua New

Guinea, However, my a tte n d a n c e i s p r e v e n t e d by th e more

immediate M i n i s t e r i a l demands t h a t i n e v i t a b l y a r i s e i n th e

e s t a b l i s h m e n t of a new p o r t f o l i o w i t h i n a new Government,"

" I t has been d e c id e d t h a t the A u s t r a l i a n d e l e g a t i o n

f o r t h i s m eeting w i l l be l e d by Mr. P a u l K e a tin g , M*P, f o r

B la x la n d , who a t 29 y e a r s of age i s one of t h e y o u n g e s t members

of th e A u s t r a l i a n P a r l i a m e n t . The n o m in a tio n o f Mr, K e atin g

i n t h i s r o l e i s i n d i c a t i v e of t h e G o v e rn m e n ts b e l i e f t h a t

young pe o p le sh o u ld be in v o lv e d i n im p o r t a n t m a t t e r s , "

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"Our p a r t i c i p a t i o n i n t h i s m e e t i n g shows o u r

c o n c e r n f o r A u s t r a l i a ' s young p e o p l e . I t i s t h e G o v e r n m e n t 's

aim t o become more i n v o l v e d i n y o u t h a f f a i r s t o prom ote

e q u a l i t y o f o p p o r t u n i t y f o r a l l young p e o p l e ; t h a t young

p e o p l e can be i n v o l v e d i n d e c i s i o n making p r o c e s s e s ; and

t h a t t h e y a r e g i v e n o p p o r t u n i t i e s t o c o n t r i b u t e i n a

m e a n i n g f u l way t o w a r d s t h e w e l f a r e and p r o g r e s s of t h e

s o c i e t y i n w h i c h t h e y l i v e »

"The s i x p r o p o s e d Commonwealth p r o j e c t s t o be

d i s c u s s e d a t t h e Lusa ka m e e t i n g r e c o g n i s e t h e v a l u e of

i n v o l v i n g y oung p e o p l e i n w o r t h w h i l e c o - o p e r a t i v e programmes*

The p r o p o s a l s i n c l u d e Commonwealth Youth S e r v i c e A w ard s, a

c e n t r e f o r a d v a n c e d s t u d i e s i n Youth Work, an I n s t i t u t e f o r

A p p l i e d R e s e a r c h i n S o c i a l and Economic D e v e l o p m e n t , a Youth

A f f a i r s I n f o r m a t i o n S e r v i c e and B u r s a r y and F e l l o w s h i p Schemes

f o r Youth P e r s o n n e l »

"By i n v o l v e m e n t i n t h i s m e e t i n g and t h e e n s u i n g

pr ogram m e, t h e Government i s a d d i n g t o i t s u n d e r s t a n d i n g o f

t h e p r o b l e m s and t h e ways o f m e e t i n g t h e n e e d s o f y o u n g p e o p l e

i n a c h a n g i n g s o c i e t y " , Mr. S t e w a r t s a i d »

At t h e C o n f e r e n c e , P a p u a New G u i n e a i n t e r e s t s w i l l

be r e p r e s e n t e d by

D r . J o h n G u i s e , C . B . E . , M.H.A. Deputy C h i e f M i n i s t e r

and M i n i s t e r f o r t h e I n t e r i o r i n t h e Government o f Pa p u a

New G u i n e a . D r . G u ise h a s r e s p o n s i b i l i t y , among o t h e r

t h i n g s , f o r y o u t h a s p e c t s of community d e v e l o p m e n t i n

P a p u a New Guinea*

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A u s t r a l i a ! ! , o f f i c i a l s a c c o m p a n y in g Mr* K e a t i n g w i l l be t

θ β £ . .

Mr* P e t e r L a w l e r / S e c r e t a r y , D e p a r t m e n t o f S p e c i a l

M i n i s t e r f o r S t a t e ;

Mr* Graham D e m p s t e r , D e p a r t m e n t o f T o u r i s m a n d

R e c r e a t i o n ;

Mr* Doug Ho o d , D e p a r t m e n t o f E d u c a t i o n who i s

p r e s e n t l y E d u c a t i o n L i a i s o n O f f i c e r i n L o n d o n ; a n d

Mr* Graham P o i s o n , T h i r d S e c r e t a r y , A u s t r a l i a n H i g h

C o m m i s s i o n i n N a i r o b i *

CANBERRA, A . C . T .

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