A Shorten Labor Government will put an independent voice for Australia’s youth at the centre of Australia’s public life by restoring funding to the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition.
This election is a choice between a Shorten Labor Government, which will ensure young people are represented in government, or more of the Liberals and Nationals’ cuts and chaos. Australia needs real change, because more of the same isn’t good enough.
Labor acknowledges that young people are doing it tough. For far too many, home ownership is out of reach; employment is insecure; and everything is going up except their wages.
The Liberal and Nationals refuse to accept this reality.
At his most recent National Press Club address, the Deputy Prime Minister described young people as one of the biggest problems in the upcoming election.
“One of the biggest problems we’ve got in this election is the fact that we’ve got a lot of young people voting for the first time – and this sounds dreadful – who have probably never known how good they’ve got it.”
MICHAEL MCCORMACK, NATIONAL PRESS CLUB, 20 APRIL 2019
Over the past six years, the Liberal and Nationals have time and again relegated the status of youth affairs as a national priority.
Tony Abbott scrapped the youth affairs portfolio and defunded the peak body in 2013. Joe Hockey’s solution to housing unaffordability was to tell young Australians to get a better job.
Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison have failed to restore this funding or reappoint a minister. It is blatantly clear the Liberals and Nationals don’t back young Australians.
Labor will commit $600,000 each year in base funding for the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition, the peak body representing the interests of young people.
We will also provide the organisation an additional $3 million for projects conducted in partnership with youth stakeholders.
This will include:
Under the Liberals and Nationals:
It’s no wonder young people’s trust in politicians and democracy is at an all-time low.
Labor understands the pressures younger Australians are under.
After almost six years of cuts and chaos under the Liberals, our united Labor team is ready to deliver a fair go for young Australians.
See more on Labor’s positive plan for young people here: http://www.alp.org.au/fair_go_for_younger_australians
It’s time to end the chaos. Vote for change. Vote for Labor.
TUESDAY, 7 MAY 2019