Youth reveal aspirations

A national survey showing the entrepreneurial spiritof young Australiansis no surprise to Tasmanian youth advocateJoanna Siejka.
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Ms Siejka, chief executive of the Youth Network of Tasmania, said the state’s young people were aware of their challenges –including unemployment -but had ideas to help solve them.

“This is an area where I regularly witness their aspirations and entrepreneurial thinking,” she said.

A poll of 1006 young people aged between 16 and 25, commissioned by conservative think tank the Institute of Public Affairs, showed 60 per cent of respondents would like to start their own business.

The survey revealed optimism among Australian youth as 71 per cent said they werepositive about the future.

While 49 per cent said they would be worse off than their parents’ generation, 69 per cent said their standard of living would be better in 10 years’ time.

“I’m not at all surprised that young people have once again shown to be an aspirational cohort,” Ms Siejka said.

“We know from a number of surveys and consultations that young people do generally feel positive about what they can achieve in the future.

“That said, they are also very aware of what they need in terms of supports, networks and other structures in order to achieve their goals.”

In other findings, the survey showed that a majority (40 per cent) of young people believed the federal budget deficit and national debt were major problems that needed addressing immediately, and 66 per cent believed cutting government spending would help the economy.

Among their greatest fears for the future were terrorism (28 per cent), economic collapse (24per cent) and climate change (24 per cent).

Young people were acutely aware of the issues that affected them, Ms Siejka said.

“Perhaps not always to an incredibly detailed level, but certainly when it comes to the direct impacts such as their future ability to own their own home, and helping others less fortunate.”

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