KIKKERT CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO TAKE YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT SERIOUSLY

The ACT Minister for Youth confirmed today that there are no programs or projects targeting youth unemployment in Canberra, Shadow Minister for Families, Youth and Community Services Elizabeth Kikkert said.

“Youth unemployment in Canberra is growing and Minister Stephen-Smith cannot explain why,” Mrs Kikkert said.

“From a low of 3.8 per cent in July 2008, it has risen to 10.5 per cent in May 2017.

“When asked what the government was doing to help, the Minister could only point to the overall economy and increases in tourism numbers.

“The government’s idea that everyone in Canberra is employed and can keep up with increases to the cost of living is arrogant and out-of-touch.

“Given the impact employment has on people’s mental health, it is of paramount importance that the government develop strong policies to promote youth employment.

“I call on the government to treat this issue seriously and to develop strategies to grow employment opportunities for young people,” Mrs Kikkert concluded.