Friday, August 20, 2004

Australia an unfair nation, say young and all!

Young people and older people think Australia is undemocratic and unfair. Young people cite their teachers as having the greatest influence on their political thinking, according to a provocative new national survey funded by the Government. 

Older people cite "injustice" amongst other things as a "bent legal system" favouring hi profiled superstars, corporations and politicians.

Some examples:

- Bulldogs alleged rapists not named?

- Football player bashed police in Maroubra and walks from the local court?

- TJ followed but not pursued to his death?

- Woman let off after running someone down in her car while using a mobile phone on the north shore but man living in the western suburbs sent to jail for two years for running into woman on a push bike?

- Bob Carr: At risk children left behind in NSW?

- Bob Carr in contempt of the ICAC?

- NSW prison visitors banned from using the toilet unless they terminate their visit?

- The Terrorist Act locking up innocent people?

- Prisoner's right to vote attacked again?

- Howard's 120 Million election advertising blitz? And many more.....

Fewer than 55 per cent of young people surveyed agreed or strongly agreed that "Australia is a democratic country".

And only 52 per cent said they had been taught about citizenship at school.

At one Sydney school, Year 10 students did not know what democracy meant and some students said that Australia was not a republic so it could not be a democracy.

And many participants in focus groups said they had gained their understanding of the rights of citizenship from American television.

The National Youth Affairs Research Scheme report was carried out by a private consulting firm for the Government between 2002 and December of 2003 to record the perceptions of about 800 youths aged 12 to 15 of citizenship and democracy.

Teachers were rated the most trustworthy source of political information, with 75 per cent, followed by family at 73 per cent.

The media was trusted by 36 per cent and politicians were the least trustworthy sources of political information at 34 per cent.

Patricia Karvelas: "A spokesman for conservative think-tank the Institute of Public Affairs, Alan Moran, said the survey results were alarming.

"It probably reflects more adversely on Australia's education system than on the reality of the Australian political system," he said.

He said it could be because teachers had the most influence on young people's political opinions that so many young people thought Australia undemocratic.

Just Us: But what a lot of rubbish how many brain cells has this conservative think-tank got? "Alarming" yes but not for the reasons stated by the "conservative think-tank".

It probably reflects more adversely on Australia's dictator, [war criminal], John Howard because that's the reality of the 'Australian political system' at the moment.

Australian Education Union president Pat Byrne said the fact that so many young people thought Australia undemocratic was probably because they had experienced instances of injustice.

"it could be that students' experiences within their own lives is teaching show them that democratic processes are not always used," she said.

Ms Byrne said teachers did not teach that Australia was an undemocratic country.

By Patricia Karvelas and Just Us 20 August 04

SKIPPY: It could be the lies that the Howard government has managed to introduce to the Australian fabric like it's normal. How do you trust someone who lies to you?



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