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Youth Connections funding must be reinstated

Penny Wright 1 Dec 2014

I move that the Senate

1.      notes:

a.      the Youth Connections program has assisted hundreds of disengaged young people to reconnect to education, training or employment;

b.      funding to the program has been cut by the Federal Government and will officially end on December 31, 2014;

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Compromise no victory for RET

At Parliament House this morning Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne stood with students studying for clean energy jobs, urging the other parties not to help Tony Abbott degrade the Renewable Energy Target.

"The Renewable Energy Target must not be tampered with. The only compromise should be getting the Abbott government to move with the times and start shutting down fossil fuels," said Senator Milne.

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Mental health must take priority over chaplain program

Funding for the National School Chaplaincy Program should be redirected to put qualified mental health workers in every school, says Australian Greens spokesperson for schools and mental health Senator Penny Wright.

"There is a youth mental health crisis in Australia - our students need to have access to qualified professionals," Senator Wright said.

"When teenagers are more likely to die from suicide than car accidents, it's time to make it as easy as possible for every young person to get professional mental health support."

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Motion: Youth resilience and wellbeing

I move that the Senate:

1.       notes the 2014 Resilient Youth Australia survey's findings, that 34 per cent of girls and 28 per cent of boys in years 7 to 12 feel constantly under strain and unable to overcome difficulties;

2.       affirms that every school student in Australia should be able to access the tools to develop emotional resilience; and

3.       calls on the Commonwealth government to:

a.       facilitate nationwide monitoring of adolescents' emotional resilience and wellbeing; and

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I Rent And I Vote - Greens launch plan for 85,000 new rental homes to take the pressure down

The Greens put housing affordability at the centre of the election campaign today with a plan to deliver 85,000 new rental homes and ease the pressure on Australian renters.

Greens housing spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam - who is also a renter - said the almost one in three Australians who rent have been ignored by the old parties.

"The old parties need to face the facts - Australia is now a nation of renters. There are 2.4 million households in one of the most stretched rental markets in the world. Renters shouldn't be treated like second class citizens.

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An Australian Youth Parliament

The Greens will establish an Australian Youth Parliament to give the next generation a strong national platform and the chance to connect with the real political process.

Young people are keen to contribute to the direction of Australian politics and policy, but feel shut out and disconnected as the old parties fight amongst themselves. The next generation is switching off from decisions that affect them.

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