Expert Comment On Youth Conscription

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Expert comment on youth conscription –


Former national servicemen have called for a modern version of youth

conscription, focused on community and voluntary work, to combat street violence

among young people.


Professor Judith Bessant, Head of RMIT University’s Youth Work Program, said

the call from retired colonel George Mackenzie failed to recognise that young

people were already highly dedicated to volunteer work.

“Research consistently shows that young Australians are strongly committed to

volunteering and spend many hours doing community service without any financial

incentive,” Professor Bessant said.

“If we are serious about combating street violence then we need to begin by

respecting young people and acknowledging their very real contribution to this

country.

“We need to do something about the serious hurdles – in employment and housing

for example – that are faced by young people looking to assume adult

responsibilities.

“We also need to reflect on ourselves and on the mixed messages we send young

people through the values expressed by our communities, in the media and

through our own behaviour.

“In a culture where too many adults routinely mix alcohol with speed and violence,

it’s hardly fair for us to critique young people who observe that kind of conduct.”

Professor Bessant’s research interests include ethical conduct towards young

people and the just treatment of youth in Australia.

She has made significant contributions to youth policy, via government taskforces

and her own research papers.

Professor Bessant is available for comment on calls for the return of youth

conscription.

For interviews: RMIT University’s RMIT University’s Professor in Youth

Studies and Sociology, Judith Bessant, 0413 551 505.


For general media enquiries: RMIT University Communications, Gosia

Kaszubska, (03) 9925 3176 or 0417 510 735.

15 February, 2010






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