Abbott budget cuts all youth unemployment programs

Tony Abbott has cut the only programs designed to help young people get into the workforce at a time when youth unemployment is over double the average unemployment rate, the Member for Griffith Terri Butler MP said.

Last night’s budget axed all three education programs aimed at helping disadvantaged young Australians at risk of falling into unemployment to finish school and get a job.

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THURSDAY, 15 MAY 2014

ABBOTT BUDGET CUTS ALL YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS

 

Tony Abbott has cut the only programs designed to help young people get into the workforce at a time when youth unemployment is over double the average unemployment rate, the Member for Griffith Terri Butler MP said. 

Last night’s budget axed all three education programs aimed at helping disadvantaged young Australians at risk of falling into unemployment to finish school and get a job.

“Nationally, over 80 per cent of people who participate in Youth Connections are in work or study 18 months after finishing the program. That’s a great outcome for those kids and it’s a great outcome for our community. ” Ms Butler said.

“I visited a local Youth Connections program recently and saw first-hand how it works.

 “Youth Connections is a program with runs on the board when it comes to kids who drop out of the school system.

 “Tony Abbott has shown that his priority is punishing rather than supporting young Australians most at risk of falling into unemployment.

“These cuts show that Tony Abbott has no plan for Australian jobs and that young people are not a priority of this Government.”

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