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Govt help needed to combat NT youth drinking: Poll.



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Senator Natasha Stott Despoja Democrats Senator for South Australia Australian Democrats spokesperson for Higher Education

Dated: 28 September 2005 Press Release Number: 485 Portfolio: Children & Youth Affairs Related: Higher Education

Related: Health and Ageing

Govt help needed to combat NT youth drinking: Poll

Many young Northern Territorians want Government assistance to break alcohols insidious grip on their lives, Senator Natasha Stott Despojas annual Youth Poll has revealed. Senator Stott Despoja said the results show that young people recognise the destructive effects of excessive alcohol consumption. "Many young people in the Northern Territory are seeing the harmful effects of binge drinking on themselves and their friends and want to do something about it," Senator Stott Despoja said. The poll also found that more than half of the respondents know someone who had attempted or committed suicide. "This Poll shows young Australians are confronting very serious issues. It also reveals that they are looking to State and Federal governments for leadership in dealing with these problems." Other major issues for young people this year include: increased university fees (65% say increased HECS fees will discourage them from attending university); reconciliation (71% believe the Government should enter into a treaty with Indigenous Australians); and, access to contraception (80% want young people to have access to free birth control). "A significantly higher percentage of respondents than last year (60% compared to 42%) do not support the mandatory detention of asylum seekers. "For more than a decade, Youth Poll has provided young people with a forum to express their views on a range of topics. "Youth Poll promotes young peoples views in the media gives them a voice in Parliament," Senator Stott Despoja said. This years State specific findings include: an overwhelming 85% of respondents from New South Wales do not support a night curfew for young P-plated drivers; and, 74% of South Australian respondents do not support the impounding of cars playing loud music or doing burnouts.