Adjournment: Youth Employment

Ms SPENCE (Yuroke) (19:14:14) — (13 400) My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Industry and Employment, and the action I seek is that the minister visit young people in Yuroke to hear their concerns about employment opportunities and that he inform them of any state government initiatives that can assist in helping them to find work. This issue was raised with me by members of the Yuroke Youth Advisory Council earlier this year. In particular, concerns were raised about difficulties in accessing local employment opportunities, and underemployment, as well as the resulting financial, social and mental health impacts that these issues can contribute to. I know the minister is passionate about these issues and will be a champion of continuing to invest in jobs in the Yuroke electorate. I look forward to hearing from him.

Mr CARROLL (Minister for Industry and Employment) (19:18) — I would like to respond to the member for Yuroke and accept her invitation to come out to her electorate. I congratulate the member for giving me my first adjournment matter. It is a fact that our economy is strong but young people are not always seeing the benefits, and it would be an honour to go out and meet with members of her youth advisory council, who I have met in previous years in my capacity as Parliamentary Secretary for Justice. I look forward to going out there and talking about our very successful Jobs Victoria network and other opportunities that may be there for the youth in Yuroke, who are strongly advocated for by the member.