A straw might break these camels’ backs

“Get a job that pays well.”

That is the advice that was given to the young people in Australia late last month from Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar for when it came to entering the property market.

That was also the advice given by from former treasurer Joe Hockey in 2015.

But what if you can’t get a high paying job? What are you supposed to do? Maybe you’ll work on weekends? The penalty rates will help earn you a few extra dollars, or maybe they won’t seeing as the Fair Work Commission decided to cut penalty rates.

Cuts to Centerlink’s youth payments and an automated debt recovery system which is putting unnecessary stress on all Centerlink customers.

It’s not just taking our money that is getting us upset,we have a lobby group for New South Wales dairy farmers, Dairy Connect, wanting a ban on the labelling of soy and nut milks as "milk".

The young people of Britain voted against Brexit, America’s young people voted against Trump.

These kind of issues are what brought Annabel Crabb to pose the question of when Australia’s youth was going to rise up in a bloody revolution.

Well I can’t say exactly when the revolution will begin, but I can say it will be soon unless those who govern can get us back onside with them.

Ms Crabb was right when she said what sucked about being young now days was the “existential questions of climate and energy security, the political class remains deeply committed to the complicated, absorbing and noisy task of doing bugger-all about it”.

But not all are doing bugger-all about it. Some do see the writing on the wall, the hardships and dissatisfaction with the status quo.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and his Labor government have taken a step towards bringing the youth on side, with a program that means first home buyers will no longer have to pay stamp duty on properties worth up to $600,000.

The South Australian government with it’s renewable energy target of 50 per cent.

Youth unemployment is currently sitting at 12.3 per cent, that’s a lot of young people sitting around looking for something to do. 

As it’s said in Les Miserables, “Do you hear the people sing? Singing the songs of angry men? It is the music of the people Who will not be slaves again!”

Viva la revolution. By Matthew Chown

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