Interests - Youth
Open the Youth Court and the Family Court, restricting only reporting that might hurt innocent third parties
End the fiction that 17-year-old thugs have a clean record starting their adult criminal careers after the youth justice system
Continue to work towards the goal of all 15 to 19 year olds participating in some form of education, training or work by 2007
Continue to provide lower cost doctor’s visits and cheaper prescriptions for everyone under the age of 24 who is enrolled in a Primary Health Organisation
Recognise the diversity of youth achievement by initiating a Nationwide awards scheme for youth sporting, cultural and artistic achievement
Retain the youth minimum wage, with regular reviews to ensure it maintains its value relative to the adult minimum wage
Expand early intervention programmes which identify at risk youth before they offend, address risk factors, and involve their whole family and support structures
Focus on early intervention for at-risk youth
Audit and improve school truancy programmes.
Support schools in their efforts to eliminate bullying.
Investigate longer sentencing options for the Youth Court.
Limit Family Group Conferences and have children referred to the Youth Court more promptly
Review youth wages and employment conditions
Encourage local councils to establish a consultative mechanism with youth
Develop a civics programme aimed at enhancing national pride among our youth
Lower the age of criminal responsibility and accountability to 12 years of age
Retain Family Group Conferences for those who choose to offend under the age of 12 years, should they choose to offend [more than three times they] will be dealt with by the adult criminal courts
Make it mandatory for all young people testing positive [to drugs] to be referred to treatment programmes
Fund youth clinics in schools
Establish regional youth forums involving health, education, police, justice, welfare agencies and youth representatives and parents
Establish links and incentives with the business community to mentor and support adolescents
Support successful community programmes for the prevention of youth suicide