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Ministers to examine National Youth Conference outcomes

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T h e Hon. Ian Viner, Y? ·

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The Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs, Mr Ian Viner, said today that all Ministers would examine the outcomes of the National Youth Conference to be held in Canberra next week. Mr Viner said the Prime Minister

had written to all Ministers seeking the examination.

He said the Government would publish the results of the examination. "The Task Group on Youth Affairs will be responsible for channelling the results to the appropriate areas and for receiving and co-ordinating the responses," Mr Viner said.

He said the National Youth Advisory Group, which was hosting the Conference, also would advise the Government on decisions taken.

"The Government's intention to examine decisions made at the Conference is an indication of the seriousness with which the Conference is being taken by the Government,

and of its importance in assisting to frame future policies affecting youth." ·

One hundred and twenty delegates will attend the first- ever National Youth Conference, which will be held at the Australian National University from October 3~5-"The aim of the Conference is to provide a forum for young-

people to discuss issues of high priority to them and to the nation, and to communicate their views to the Government," Mr Viner said.

Mr Viner said there would be opportunities for youth to discuss many issues of importance to them, but in particular the Government would be interested to hear the views of Australian youth on: - ■

. the role of young people in Australian society - what opportunities are available? Are they discriminated against; arc young people over­ protected because of their age? lvhat can they

bring that adults cannot to our society?

what do young people think about the future of Australia ?

in what ways can the views of the young be communicated to government , in particular the Commonwealth Government?

what do young "people think about employment and unemploy­ ment al. this time? Is education and training relevant to those in the pro-employmen t , employed and unemployed si: ages? . .