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Young people not seen and not heard in Coalition's mean budget.

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Kate Lundy - Young People Not Seen And Not Heard In Coalition's Mean Budget Wednesday, 23 May 2001

Young People Not Seen And Not Heard In Coalition's Mean Budget Kate Lundy - Shadow Minister for Youth Affairs

Media Statement - 22 May 2001

"In over 900 pages of budget pages, the Coalition have managed one measly paragraph and no new money for their formal opportunity to address the recommendation of the Prime Minister's Youth Pathways Action Plan Taskforce report, the Shadow Minister for Youth Affairs, Senator Kate Lundy, said tonight.

During 2001-02, the Government will consult with stakeholders regarding the report of the Prime Minister's Youth Pathways Action Plan Taskforce, Footprints to the Future, on how to best advise and support young people in their transition thro school, and from school into further education, employment and independence. (Budget Paper No.1 p 1-16)

"This is a pathetic response and profoundly disappointing for young people, their families and organisation that support young people, Senator Lundy said.

"After sitting on their own damning report which was leaked and tabled by the Opposition in April, the Coalition has now chosen token and unfunded pilot schemes over meaningful targeted and funded action.

"The Howard Government has deliberately ignored young people and in doing so has missed a big opportunity to demonstrate a genuine commitment to meeting the needs of young Australians.

"The Coalition has given young Australians a clear message that they are obviously not a priority in an election year, even when there is a documented need for extensive reform of youth allowance, job network and vocational education and training," Senator Lundy concluded. Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.

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