I move that the Senate
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;
c. the government has not allocated any funds to any similar or replacement program;
d. this will be the first time in 20 years there is no federally-funded program to assist young people to re-engage with pathways to future work and education;
e. young people across Australia, especially those who are disadvantaged, will miss out on vital support provided by the Youth Connections program; and
2. calls on the government to reinstate the funding for this effective and necessary program.
This motion was supported by the Senate