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Australia 2030 National Youth Challenge [Corpus Christi College, Qld]

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Australia 2030 National Youth Challenge MPS 144/2001

A vision for the future of Brisbane has earned Sanela Lalic and Ai-Vi Nguyen from Corpus Christi College a place in the Australia 2030 National Youth Challenge in Canberra on 14 September.

Sanela and Ai-Vi researched the effects of immigration and multicultural issues on Nundah and selected 'The economic impact of immigration on our local community' as an example of that impact.

Sanela's economic analysis of the impact of immigration on the local area applied knowledge at the micro level to draw conclusions at the macro level. She explored population projections, spending patterns, productivity, social service spending, standards of living, employment, and cultural diversity.

Ai-Vi also provided a sophisticated economic analysis of the impacts of immigration on the local economy now and in the future. Ai-Vi researched the labour market, natural resources, wages, and population projections.

Students in years 9 -11 from around Australia were asked for their vision of the future of Australia as part of the Australia 2030: Investigating the FACTS of Immigration project, which was distributed to all schools earlier this year.

The project includes an interactive CD Rom, a video, and an accompanying website, enabling students to develop informed views on the future of Australia and the role immigration will play in that future.

Earlier this year, the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Philip Ruddock attended a series of Youth Challenges in several States and Territories, including Margate.

Students from Schools in the Brisbane area participated in the Margate Youth Challenge.

"The Youth Challenges have enabled students throughout Australia to work together and increase their awareness of immigration issues," Mr Ruddock said.

Winners from each State and Territory will take part in the National Youth Challenge, which will be webcast live from the National Museum of Australia in Canberra on 14 September.

"The National Youth Challenge will provide an exciting opportunity for the finalists to reveal their views on how immigration will shape our future," Mr Ruddock said.

The students' visions for the future of Australia will be placed on the website, which will be presented as a gift to the nation during the webcast in this year celebrating the Centenary of Federation, as well as becoming a part of a permanent interactive display at the National Museum of Australia.

7 September 2001 Media Inquiries: Steve Ingram (02) 6277 7860

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