YOUTH

The Greens (WA) believe that:

  • young people have the right to live their lives free from violence, harassment, prejudice and discrimination
  • young people are valuable members of society and should be recognised and respected for the unique and important perspective they contribute
  • young people should be supported  in becoming empowered and engaged members of the community and wider society

Aims
The Greens (WA) want:

  • young people to be enabled to participate meaningfully in decision-making on policies and programs that affect them (see also The Greens (WA) Public Participation policy)
  • to celebrate the presence of young people in our public spaces
  • a Western Australian society that respects and values young people as the capable custodians of our future

Measures
The Greens (WA) will initiate and support legislation and actions that:

  • properly resource youth organisations and peak youth agencies and include these groups in government decision making  on youth policies and programs
  • address the specific physical and mental health needs of young people by providing easily accessible age-appropriate services (see also The Greens (WA) Mental Health policy)
  • introduce optional voting enrolment at the age of 16
  • develop public spaces and recreational facilities that are safe, accessible, affordable and that welcome young people (see also The Greens (WA) Physical Activity policy)
  • provide access to appropriate accommodation options for young people, including homelessness services (see also The Greens (WA) Housing policy)
  • improve access to reliable and affordable public transport (see also The Greens (WA) Transport policy)
  • minimise involvement of young people in the criminal justice system by strategies including ensuring access to legal representation and other specialised support where required (see also The Greens (WA) Health policy)
  • promote justice reinvestment1 court diversionary programs (see also The Greens (WA) Justice policy)
  • ensure all government-funded service providers are accountable, transparent and provide services without evangelism or discrimination on any grounds
  • provide age appropriate education about the diversity of sexuality, sexual relations and reproductive choice and health (see also The Greens (WA) Sexuality and Gender Identity policies)
  • ensure that recreational, cultural, artistic and sporting activities are affordable and accessible, and sufficiently diverse to address the needs and aspirations of all young people (see also The Greens (WA) Arts & Culture policy)
  • provide anti-bullying programs in schools that highlight mediation and restorative practices amongst all members of the school community
  • ensure that cost is never a disincentive to undertaking further education or training (see The Greens (WA) Education policy)
  • address high youth unemployment with appropriate training, education, and supportive and accessible transition to employment programs
  • improve access to post-secondary and tertiary education for regional, rural and remote youth
  • protect the rights of young people at work including the right to fair pay and conditions

(See also the Australian Greens Children and Young People policy)

 
Glossary

  1. Justice reinvestment - taking taxpayers dollars out of prisons and putting them back into communities.
Authorised by Lynn MacLaren © 2017

Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC - Member for South Metropolitan Region (2009-2017)
Legislative Council, Parliament of Western Australia