Time to help our wayward youngsters

NEED SUPPORT: Social justice campaigner Father Bob Maguire said locals must support our disaffected youngsters.
Nanjing Night Net

WAYWARDyouths with meaningless existences need our support more than ever, according to the self-confessed “patron saint of the unloved and unlovely”, Father Bob Maguire.

The tireless social justice campaigner this week told the Bendigo Advertiser a new brand of communitarianism was required to not only support society’sdisaffected youngsters, but bring residents together as a community.

“This is a big chance for people to start government of a civil society from the grass routes up,” he said.

“It’s going to extend them because they’re going to have to getout of their comfort zone and meet people.”

Unemployment and drug use, a problem commonplace in regional areas, were intertwined according to Fr Bob.

“The main symptoms of community collapse disorder is gangs of teenagers wandering around,” he said.

“A young male with a meaningless existencewon’t accept that, he will fight that, and will join up with other males and unfortunately takeup illegal practices.

“Boredom is the worst enemy in Western society.”

A lot of youngsters would work if they could, according to Fr Bob.

“Some parents are waking up the the fact their kids can’t get off their backsides and do something because their isn’t anything available to do,” he said.

“In the old days there was plenty of work around the place.”

Bendigo’s unemployment rate remains below the regional Victoria average.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics showed the unemployment rate was 5.75 per cent in the September quarter last year.

The rate wasalmost identical to the Victorian and Australian average.

On Bendigo’s apparent problem with drugs, Fr Bob was forthright.

“Supply ofdrugs isn’t the problem – it’s the demand,” he said.

“Why do so many young people set out to become intoxicated with drink or drugs and the answer is boredom.

“If there’s no meaning people will crack up.

“You will have people dying of quiet desperation in the regional areaof Bendigo.”

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