14 May 2014

At a time of rising youth unemployment, Tony Abbott has cut the only programs designed to help young people get into the workforce and prevent them from slipping through the cracks.

Last night's budget of twisted priorities axed all three education programs aimed at helping disadvantaged young Australians at risk of falling into unemployment to finish school and get a job.

Just $130 million was needed to maintain the Youth Connections, Partnership Brokers and National Career Advice programs which by the end of the year would have helped 100,000 young Australians.

This funding is distributed in small amounts to organisations across the nation; with an over 80 per cent success rate - it is such a small investment for a big return.

"Tony Abbott is displaying his wrong priorities by punishing rather than supporting young Australians most at risk of falling into unemployment," Shadow Minister for Education Kate Ellis said.

"With youth unemployment over double the average unemployment rate, Australia needs a plan for job creation which must involve preventing youth unemployment."

"These cuts show that Tony Abbott has no plan for Australian jobs and that young people are not a priority of this Government."