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Senator Natasha Stott Despoja Deputy Parliamentary Leader and Senator for South Australia Australian Democrats spokesperson for Youth Affairs

Press Release Dated: 22 Dec 2000

Press Release Number: 00/765

Portfolio: Youth Affairs 

Young Australia Wants to Say Sorry The Australian Democrats’ Youth Poll 2000 shows that two thirds of Australia’s young people aged between 15 and 20 years want the Prime Minister to say sorry to the stolen generation.

Deputy Democrats’ Leader and Youth Affairs Spokesperson, Senator Natasha Stott Despoja, said the Youth Poll results indicate reconciliation is a key issue for young people.

“Young people want a compassionate approach to reconciliation, with 77% of respondents saying they believe there is a stolen generation,” said Senator Stott Despoja.

The poll, which surveyed young people across Australia, showed 62% of respondents knew a young person who had committed or attempted suicide.

“This figure is alarming, with the suicide rate of young men in rural areas especially high, there needs to be more resources put into fighting this curse on our community,” said Senator Stott Despoja.

“Family is seen as the most important issue to young people, but education standards, employment opportunities and the cost of living are also areas of great concern,” said Senator Stott Despoja.

On sex, drugs and rock and roll, Youth Poll 2000 shows that 72% of those surveyed believe that condom machines should be made available in schools.

An overwhelming 95% of respondents believe sex education should be a permanent part of their school curriculum.

“Interestingly, the poll shows that support for the decriminalisation of marijuana has dropped from 59% last year to 45% in 2000,” said Senator Stott Despoja.

“However, the number of underage people attending a licensed venue has increased from 48% in 1999 to 57% this year,” concluded Senator Stott Despoja.


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