Young Australians offered 'scarce' graduate positions

Young Australians are at the centre of "a series of dangerous domestic pressures" that could affect the outcome of the federal election, it has been suggested.

Thom Woodroofe, the 2009 Young Victorian of the Year and founder of Left Right Think-Tank, observed that youth unemployment has become a troublesome issue since the global financial crisis, with graduate positions and vocational training places now "scarce".

Writing for ABC, he pointed to figures from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research which revealed that apprenticeships alone were down 17 per cent over the last year.

"Against all this we have inflating levels of personal debt, namely credit cards and university HECS, and a student support system that is still begging for reform," claimed the 21-year-old.

The comments could encourage more young Aussies to compare student banking ahead of the federal election, particularly while living costs continue to rise.

However, Mr Woodroofe also argued that young Australians are now "global citizens" who are particularly concerned with international issues like climate change, world poverty and immigration.

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