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Generation Less: How Australia is Cheating the Young

(Redback Quarterly #9)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  14 reviews
A country that makes no room for the young is a country that will forfeit a fair future. This must not become Australia.

Today's young Australians are the first generation since the Great Depression to be worse off than their parents. And so, just as we have seen the gap between rich and poor widen over recent decades, we're beginning to see young and old pull apart in ways
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 2016 by Redback Quarterly
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Jan 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: junk
A white spoiled child has a good life. An fairy tale life compared with most of the world around. But the rich white spoiled child has discovered that the whole generation might not be able to be even richer than the previous generation of rich white spoiled children. This is not a book about reason, it is practically a tantrum throwing numbers and quotes. And the solution? Vote Jennifer Rayner! Now with your wallet. But given the rise in populism, who knows, a political career is quite natural ...more
Sonia Nair
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I can't help but compare Generation Less to Adult Fantasy because they both tread similar ground in charting how screwed we as millennials are due to a combination of increasingly unaffordable housing prices, escalating job insecurity and casualisation of labour, and a political process that actively excludes us. Generation Less is more heavily researched than Adult Fantasy and reads less like memoir, but while Briohny Doyle was able to capture the shifting goalposts of adulthood with anecdotal ...more
Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Anyone who talks to young Australians knows that they're incandescent with barely contained rage about woes like climate change and housing unaffordability – issues largely exacerbated by previous generations.

Here, Rayner compiles the data that supports the case for that sense of injustice. And yes, I've no doubt there are people queuing up to pooh-pooh the facts.

But surely a normal human being in possession of a shred of empathy can remember how difficult it was to be a broke student or a nervo
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Some elements could be more fleshed out, and while I appreciated the accessibility, I think better judgment could be used for the choice of colloquial tone in some parts. Nonetheless, this is an important book, and a great overview and starting point for taking seriously the concerns of young Australians.
Peter Geyer
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jennifer Rayner is an Australian woman under 30 who is angry about how the older generations (of which I am a part) have cheated and are cheating her age group and those younger and presents a cavalcade of evidence to back up her contention from various statistical and research sources, to personal experience, as well as the situations of friends and colleagues. Her intellectual background is economics, in which she has a PhD and she writes incisively and intelligently with sharp wit and cynicis ...more
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oh what a bitter young woman the author is. The language used towards our elderly is quite horrid. It assumes the premise that all older people are loaded with money, own multiple houses and have stacks of super with well paying stable and secure jobs. It assumes all young people have casual low paying jobs with huge university fees and no chance of ever getting their own homes. This is not what I see in my circle of people. I would only agree with her on one point being the high cost of propert ...more
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating book. I liked the writing style, and the premise seemed fair and supported by evidence.
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Pretty bog standard book about inter generational income inequality written with young people in mind. Not that exciting or nuanced.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.8 stars
Elizabeth Tai
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. It's not just happening in Australia, sadly, but all over the world too. ...more
Sarah Nosworthy
It's a short book, and very self deprecating. I don't think there were any revelations but it was researched to explain things.

I came away more interested in how she's (personally) financially struggling after being married with a mortgage and now being separated with a child, and how her income has changed in that period and impacted her choices or decisions in housing.
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A thoroughly enraging read, Jennifer Rayner's "Generation Less" picks apart the lazy rhetoric criticising 'kidults' to examine the very real structural and demographic changes that make it so very much harder for anyone in Australia born after about 1965 to obtain the house, the family, the job, and so on - all those markers of adulthood that they are so roundly criticised for not having. It ends with some ideas about fixing the issues it raises, but notes that even these fixes will likely be to ...more
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An excellent analysis of the current state of wealth, work and wellbeing of young Australians. Written in a very approachable style with facts and figures utilised to drive home the author's arguments clearly and without any wonkish waffling on. Actually very entertaining! And the author is obviously highly intelligent - she really gets policy and politics and explains them in a way that any layperson can understand. More from Jennifer Rayner please! ...more
Mike Sill
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Relevant, insightful and at time humorous.
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Jennifer Rayner was born into the aspirational suburbia of the Hawke years, and came of age in the long boom of the Howard era. Her lifetime has tracked alongside the yawning inequalities that have opened up across the Australian community in the past 30 years. She has worked as a federal political adviser, an international youth ambassador in Indonesia and a private sector consultant, and holds a ...more

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