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Lifelong learning for
a fairer Australia

Lifelong learning for
a fairer Australia

Forum on young Australians

Where to now for young people in Australia?



‘The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.’

The 2014 Federal Budget included a number of challenges for vulnerable Australians, but it is the impacts on the young, trying to transition into the workplace, that have caused the greatest concern. This forum brought together speakers from politics, trade unions, TAFE and community organisations to assess the impact of the 2014 budget on the young, and the flow on effects to the broader Australian economy and society.


Hon. Bill Shorten – Opposition Leader

Professor Johanna Wyn – University of Melbourne

Dr John Falzon – CEO, St Vincents De Paul

Andrew Dettmer – Australian Manufacturing Workers Union

Pat Forward – Australian Education Union

Brennan Tillack – Youth Connnections Student

Emma Robertson – Australian Youth Affairs Coalition

Sally Thompson – Adult Learning Australia

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