On Wednesday 12 October during the sitting of Parliament, Senator for Tasmania Lisa Singh spoke about the national significance of the Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies as a Matter of Public Importance (MPI).
‘ACYS plays a vital role in acting as a repository of youth-related information as well as a conduit through which research from diverse fields that relates to 12- to 25-year-olds can be collected, classified and redistributed,’ Senator Lisa Singh said.
‘Over the course of the last 30 years, the ACYS has gone from strength to strength, consistently adjusting their method of communication and information gathering as the technology of the times changed.’
Senator Singh explained why ACYS is an essential resource for anybody working with or for young people.
‘… the principal role of the clearinghouse is to ... create a scholarly basis for action; to ensure that our thinking about young people is informed more by rigorous, peer-reviewed evidence and data than by the preconceptions, suppositions and memories that too often inform our views about a demographic that is, by its very definition, facing issues and challenges that are new and unique to a new and unique generation.’
‘The clearinghouse has played a vital role in bringing the attention of policymakers, researchers, community workers, teachers and young people to the substantial work that is being done across so many areas of academia. It has performed this task for 30 years and has demonstrated its capacity not just to adapt and stay active but to excel. I congratulate the ACYS for its 30 years of cutting-edge work and I look to forward to its continued, changing contribution into the future,’ Senator Singh said.
On 6 October, Senator Singh attended the Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies 30th anniversary celebrations at the University of Tasmania.
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