For The Kids - By The Kids - About The Kids - The voice Of The Kids


1.6 Mil Spent Wisely
Issue 1. Week 1. 15th. June 2000

The release of the reported spending of $1.6 Million of the Tasmanian public money this week (Community Trust Fund) has angered many youth aged 15 - 25 as once more we (the youth) have been bypassed in the spending spree undertaken by
"the board" of the Tasmanian Community Trust.

While we understand the importance of spending an amount of $400,000.00 on the Axmans Hall Of Fame and the $220,000.00 on a Community Tourist Centre for a town called Deloraine (on the way to Burnie now bypassed by the Bass Highway) we question why this board would not wish to support a group who have twice been ignored for funding.
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Primus Launceston

Editor - Mr. C Padget

Under Instruction From
The Youth Of Tasmania
C/- Sandors On The Park
Brisbane St - Launceston




Legal Rights & Responsibilities

You have a right to be in a
public space.

                        Q: Can you play music in a public space?

A: Yes. However if the music interferes with another person's enjoyment of the public space, you may be guilty of an offence. It is ok to play music with friends in a park as long as it does not annoy others.

Q: Can you busk in a public space?

A: Check with our local council. You may need a permit.

Q: Is it ok to ask for money or cigarettes in a public space?

A: No. It is illegal to "beg" in a public place.

Q: Is it OK to swear in public?

A. No. Swearing, cursing, using threatening and offensive language, physically intimidating or annoying others are offences.

Q: Is it ok to drink alcohol in a public space?

A: No. You must not drink drink alcohol, or have an open or unsealed container of alcohol (e.g. a stubby, wine cask or can) in a public space.
If you are 18 or over you may drink alcohol at a function in a public space for which a specific permit has been obtained from the Commissioner for Licensing. It is also an offence to possess alcohol in a public space if you are under 18.

Q: Is it an offence to be drunk in a public space?

                         A: No. It is not an offence to be drunk in a public space. however, it is an offence to be drunk
                        and disorderly.

Q: Do you have to put up with discrimination and verbal abuse?

A: No. You have the right to be free from any discrimination, harassment and verbal abuse,
e.g. based on age, disability, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political activity, religious belief or pregnancy.

Refer to Anti Discrimination Commission Tasmania. . .

Q: Who may have the authority to ask you to leave a public space?

A: The police, or an employee of the local council if you
are on land managed by council.

Q: Why might you be asked to leave a public space?

A: The police can direct you to move on in certain circumstances, for example, if you are blocking the footpaths or road.

Q: Do you have to give your name and address to a police officer?

A: Maybe. A police officer may require you to give your name and address only if he/she is aware, or has reasonable grounds for believing that you have committed, or are committing, an offence. A police officer can then arrest you if you refuse to supply your details, or you give a name and address that the officer believes is false.

This information reproduced with the kind
permission of Legal Aid Advice.

Smokers Prayer

Good lord please hear my prayer, and grant my lungs fresh air.

Help my try and stop my smoking, as it makes me keep on choking.

May my breath be pure and clean, with no trace of nicotine.

Stop me from needing a smoke, so that I'm not always broke.

I ask your help and it’s no wonder, if I don't stop I'm six foot under.

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Watch your thoughts, they become your actions

Watch your actions they become your habits

Watch your habits they become your character
Watch your character it becomes your destiny

# Humans are born to this earth healthy, his body is built to live an
average of 127 years.

What are we doing wrong —— everything.

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Top Ten Music

1. Shaggy - Angel

2. Christina Aguilera - Lil’Kim,

Mya and Pink - Lady Marmalade

3. Atomic Kitten - Whole Again

4. Crazy Town - Butterfly

  1. Nelly Furtado - I’m like a bird

6. Creed - With arms wide open

7. Lil’Bow Wow - Bow Wow

8. Shaggy - It wasn't me

9. Mya - Free

10. Jagged Edge - Lets get married

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Why Do We Do The Things We Do?

Drugs: Teenagers begin doing drugs because it’s easy, it’s everywhere. Some do it for the experience, some do it because they are pressured, but the main
reason the youth of Launceston do drugs is to rebel against the people with power in our town. Parents,
police & the law. It is us trying to say, we wont listen to you, we’ll do what ever we like. It is our way of dealing with being socially lower on the steps of authority. It’s a way of lying to ourselves to make ourselves believe that if we don’t do what you want, we’ve actually got just as much if not more power to you - the authority.

Smoking: The majority of youth that smoke in
Launceston started smoking between the ages 10-15. They start smoking because of the social status that they obtain with it. It is socially ‘cool’. After that some quit realising it’s not that ‘cool’ and isn’t that pleasant, anyway. The rest on the other hand, sadly, get addicted.

Stealing: Some steal to live, to survive. Others steal for the thrill, the excitement, for the ‘rush’. It is something to do, and for some people dependant on their
parents it makes them feel like they’re doing something for themselves. They are trying to become independent. The teen years are the years when people begin to break free from their parents and develop their own individual social status. We grow a sense of self-conscious, self-awareness, self structure, self-worth, self-esteem, and create personal morals and standards for inner-self.

Some of these adolescents will listen to help, and some won’t. The most anyone can do for teenagers in crime is teach them your views and beliefs, and why you have those. If you’re lucky they’ll make a conscious decision to follow these beliefs.


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Ham and Crisp Potato Salad

25 (1kg) tiny new potatoes, halved

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning

180g green beans

400g lean leg ham, sliced thinly

100g mesclun

1large (320g) avocado, chopped

1/2 cup (125g) orange juice

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 teaspoon caster sugar

Combine: potatoes, oil and seasoning in large non-stick baking dish; bake, uncovered, in very hot oven about 25 minutes or until browned and tender. Boil, steam or microwave beans until just tender, rinse under cold water; drain.

Combine: potatoes, beans, ham, mesclun and avocado in bowl.

Combine: remaining ingredients in screw-top jar; shake well. Drizzle over salad just before serving.

On the table in 45 minutes.

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Life’s gift

Hate is such a waste of love

Hate is such a waste of life

Let your heart soar like a dove

A dove of peace and light

Let your heart bleed

Feel the pain

It’s a lesson to heed

Reveling in the pain

Is a first progression

In making your soul

Don’t buy into regression

Ignoring the pain

Keeps you stuck

Time to move on

Just don’t give a f***

Bear your soul

To the daggers and swords

That lie await

Be a lord

Lord of your universe

A spiritual warrior

With death on his heels

More forward - no barriers

Life beckons

Do you hear the call