Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Labor Party opposes labor

For teenagers competing for jobs in the Australian boom:

THE resources boom is sucking teenagers in the west away from education and into the workforce, prompting a push by Labor to make school attendance compulsory until Year 12.

In a speech to be delivered tonight, influential Labor backbencher Craig Emerson argues that teenagers who leave school early to take up jobs in the boom economy will be left behind when the economic tide turns.

His warning came as figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the skills shortage is having a profound effect on the choices of 15- to 19-year-olds in Western Australia, where the school participation rate has fallen from 75.5 per cent in 2000 to 69.7 per cent last year.

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