Australia’s Children and Youth

Fiona Stanley

“Putting children in the centre of our society acknowledges that all aspects of our future capacity depends upon us having the majority of our children and youth able to participate to their full potential. The topics in all of the other chapters in this book cover areas in which Australia needs most of its people to be able to participate — in valuing human rights, in acknowledging that history explains much of modern Aboriginal circumstances, to be educated to be able to work and participate as a parent, to make informed decisions based on science to reduce the harmful effects of environmental degradation and climate change and to participate fully in a democracy. Hence our commitment to children and young people has to be serious and of the highest priority …”