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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 10 Hansard (25 August) . . Page.. 4193..


Ayes 7

Noes 10

Mrs Burke

Mr Smyth

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Mr Cornwell

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Corbell

Mr Quinlan

Mrs Cross

Ms Dundas

Mr Stanhope

Mrs Dunne

Ms Gallagher

Ms Tucker

Mr Pratt

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Wood

Question so resolved in the negative.

Job training for students at risk

MS DUNDAS (6.06): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) recognises:

(a) that children from jobless households are more likely to become unemployed than children from households with one or more working parents;

(b) that a school-leaver with an established employment record is less likely to become unemployed; and

(c) that part-time work increases the social and educational opportunities of young people from low income families; and

(2) calls on the ACT Government to offer optional after-school job training to "at risk" year 9 students so they are equipped to take up part-time employment outside school hours, with training to commence in the 2005 school year.

Mr Speaker, this motion is motivated by a strong desire to help tackle our youth unemployment problem. Unemployment in the ACT has dropped to a record low level, but young people are still unemployed at a disproportionately high rate. Compared to a young person with an established part-time work history, young people with no work history are far less likely to find a job when they leave school.

Mrs Burke: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: there's a lot of audible noise and I can't hear Ms Dundas.

MR SPEAKER: I think people are moving. If we can cut the conversation so that Ms Dundas can have a fair go with her speech. Ms Dundas has the floor.

MS DUNDAS: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Compared to a young person with an established part-time work history, young people with no work history are far less likely to find a job when they leave school, and young people who are unemployed for a substantial period immediately after leaving school are at substantial risk of becoming part of the long-term unemployed. I think we are all well aware of the range of problems that then flow from long-term unemployment.


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