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Media Release Jenny MacklinMP

MACKLIN LAUNCHES NATIONAL YOUTH COMPETITION

Deputy Leader of the Opposition Shadow Minister for Employment, Education & Training Federal Member for Jagajaga

Jenny Macklin today launched a national competition for young people to tell their national leaders about the challenges they face when leaving school and moving into work, TAFE or university.

The competition, Aim Higher- What’s your target?, encourages young people to speak out about the education and training opportunities available to them.

“Young people have many different experiences and aspirations. We want to know what drives young people, what challenges they face and how government can help them get ahead.

“This competition is a chance for teenagers to tell us what they’re aiming for and what opportunities and support they need to hit their target.”

Ms Macklin said that too many young people were currently falling through the gaps.

“Youth unemployment is above 20 per cent and last year 200,000 young Australians were living on the fringe in neither full-time work or full-time study.”

“Policy makers need to develop new and creative ways of tackling the issues confronting our young people. It’s important to include young people in the policy making process and a great place to start is by asking young people directly to tell us what they need to get ahead.”

Young people can submit their competition entries in any form - writing, music, video, artwork. Entries can be submitted by groups or individuals.

Aim Higher - What’s your target? is open to all young people with prizes for the best entries in the under 15 and under 17 age groups.

The winning entries will receive $2000 towards their education and the chance to present their ideas to the ALP National Conference in January 2004.

Aim Higher - What’s your target? is jointly sponsored by the Chifley Research Centre and Woodside Australian Energy.

Entry forms and more information is available from local ALP members and senators or from www.chifley.org.au.

More information: Joanna Brent 02 6277 4045; 0408 473 278

14 August 2003