Michael Hansen targets youth unemployment with Nationals Conference motions

Forward thinking: Young Nationals vice chair Michael Hansen is out to tackle youth unemployment at the Nats Conference. Photo: Peter Hardin

Forward thinking: Young Nationals vice chair Michael Hansen is out to tackle youth unemployment at the Nats Conference. Photo: Peter Hardin

Young Nationals vice chairman and Tamworth man Michael Hansen is out to make a difference and will be using his own experiences to tackle youth unemployment at this weekends National Party Conference in Broken Hill.

Mr Hansen is no stranger to the inner workings of the political party, serving as state MP Kevin Anderson’s media man, although since being voted into the young Nationals leadership team at their conference in Moree last month, has not wasted any time in stepping up to the big stage.

In Broken Hill the young achiever will be putting forward three of his motions on behalf of the Young Nats, and is confident that he will either get them through, or at least start some important conversations.

“I am calling for continued or greater support of vocational training in schools, and also for the government to look towards an independent model for career advisers,” Mr Hansen said.

“In terms of funding it might not always be in the school’s best interest to advise students to leave.

“An independent model would give more opportunities to identify better opportunities for young people. Some students just don’t want to be at school, I was one of them - I left in year ten.” 

The second motion that Mr Hansen is proposing is to make it compulsory for all year nine students to apply for Tax File Numbers, in a move that ties in with his first motion.

“It sends a message or is a reminder that at some point you are going to need a job,” Mr Hansen said.

“It is amazing – there are some people out there that don’t have birth certificates, drivers licenses or even bank accounts – it is a huge gap that contributes to unemployment.

“We need to get young people enthused for work, and to understand the value of work.” 

The third motion to be put forward is a call for the current government to expedite the delivery of the new passenger train services in NSW “while the budget is in such an incredible position to open up regional NSW.” 

The conference will be held from Friday through Sunday.

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