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Youth concerned about the economy
Young people are most worried about the economy and getting a job, with many heading to work just to help their family pay the bills.
A new Mission Australian survey has found the economy is the biggest concern of young people aged 15 to 19 - overtaking the environment, which's slipped to sixth.
The organisation's Martin Thomas says some kids are even working two jobs to help their families make ends meet.
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Paul Murray speaks with Mission Australia’s Martin Thomas, who says some kids are even working two jobs to help their families make ends meet.
The environment, which is traditionally a major issue for young people, has dropped dramatically as a matter of national importance, with concern falling by more than half since 2011.
When asked to nominate the most important issues facing Australia, ‘the economy and financial matters’ was ranked most frequently in the top three by 31 per cent of respondents, followed by ‘population issues’ at 28 per cent and ‘alcohol and drugs’ at 22 per cent.
Concern around the environment – considered by young people to be the leading issue of national importance for the previous two years (37 per cent in 2011; 38 per cent in 2010) – fell by more than half, with only 17.5 per cent considering it a major challenge for the country.
The leading issues of personal concern to young people are ‘coping with stress, school or study problems’ and ‘body image’, with 43 per cent of young women significantly concerned about the latter.
Mission Australia’s 11th national Youth Survey tested the views of more than 15,000 young people between 15 and 19. In addition to their individual and national concerns, it surveyed what young people value, who they turn to for advice, what activities they engage in and how they feel about the future.
Other survey highlights:
- Over three-quarter of participants use the internet as their primary source of information
- Young women were just as likely to go to magazines as parents for information (60 per cent), and were far more likely to use them as a source of advice (30.5 per cent) than young men (16 per cent)
- 19 per cent of young people had a less positive experience of family relationships
- One in 10 young people did not feel safe in their neighbourhood.
Download the full results: Youth Survey 2012 in Full PDF
Christmas party season and Stuart Bocking sought out details of road side testing for drivers over the limit. Not just those who have had too much to drink, but the tests being run for marijuana and amphetamines.
Sydney has reclaimed the title of Australia's favourite city, beating out Melbourne by one vote. Sydney has also been given the nod for its bars and restaurants in the Australian Traveller Magazine Awards.
Julia Gillard's blase acceptance of AWU slush fund is quite a shock and a big worry to ordinary Australians. "This did not strike me as a non-standard transaction" Julia Gillard told a press conference last week
"It was a matter that at the time struck me as pretty routine, pretty low-level "Indeed, so low-level that I didn't even charge for it"
Whatever Julia Gillard's own view, most Australians are shocked to learn that so-called union slush funds even exist. The very concept of an election slush fund, is undemocratic, obviously favouring the incumbent against the challenger. Clearly, if corporate executives parked other people's money in sham accounts for their own benefit, it says, they would be in breach of their fiduciary duty to shareholders.
So why does a lesser standard apply to union officials? Unions, once-noble institutions which protected workers rights - have been blatantly allowed to turn into private fiefdoms dedicated to personal gain?
Obvious to most everyone an urgent Royal Commission into the union movement is now inevitably required to clear the unions rot for them!
The big $million dollar question is whether it will be established by Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard or the coming Liberal Coalition Government?? MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL AUSSIES!EARNEST Wednesday 5 December, 2012 - 6:19 PM
The fact is we could of been in surplus 2 years ago, however Labor have from the very start totally mismanaged the economy and very badly mismanaged government with widespread waste and absurd counter-productive policies, that are quickly ruining Australia. The dumbed down young people have been slow to notice, but evidently they are waking up to the fact that Labor are trashing their future, big-time. Anyone can easily get the message that sabotaging, traitorous globalist Labor are deliberately working against our nations best interests. It will be the young people who will suffer the most in the future because of damned Labor. Google; agenda 21 for dummiesLarry W. Wednesday 5 December, 2012 - 9:55 AM