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Tuesday, 23 November 1993
Page: 3429

Senator BELL —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

    (a)notes, with concern, the continuing record levels of youth unemployment, which show that 32.4 per cent of young Australians do not have a job;

    (b)recognises the immeasurable social costs of these sustained high levels of unemployment which include family breakdown, increased teenage pregnancies, drug and alcohol abuse, mental and physical health problems, crime and suicide;

    (c)notes recent reports entitled, Attitudes of Australian Youth to Leadership and A Lost Generation?, which conclude that young people are `doing it tough' and that their `difficulties include homelessness, unemployment, disability, racism, delinquency, violence at home and on the streets and, overall, poverty'; and

    (d)calls on the Government to address these problems in the Future of Employment and Unemployment Committee set up by the Prime Minister (Mr Keating), and to implement the recommendations in the report of the Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training entitled, Wanted: Our Future, which address youth income support and youth employment initiatives, so that young people in Australia are not the `lost generation'.