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Good news! Boffins and policy makers have found another way to make us feel guilty… This time saying we’re robbing our children of their dreams and forcing them to raise their families in cramped conditions.

Well guess what? We will not be guilted out of our homes!

The ABC reports that the “backyard will soon be just a dream for young people” because we boomers won’t let go of our more spacious detached homes.

It all comes from a report by the Australian Population Research Institute, which says that when 25- to 44 -year-olds start eyeing off detached homes rather than apartments, they will be victims to the burgeoning housing crisis.

And it’s all our fault, apparently. The report said during this decade “there will be enormous growth in the number of households where the householder is aged 45 or more years” and these houses will be occupied by couples whose children have left home or single older people whose partner has died or moved into care.

The consequence of this “ageing affect” will be “a large increase in the number of small households aged 45 plus who will be occupying mainly detached houses in both Sydney and Melbourne”, reports the ABC.

Report co-author David McCloskey said while we were rattling around in these homes (which we worked so hard for, let’s remember), the next generations will be feeling the squeeze of a lack of suitable housing, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne.

“There are about 4 million bedrooms in Australia that are unused according to the calculations, that’s even allowing for a spare bedroom to have guests over,” he said.

The research shows Melbourne alone will need an additional 355,000 homes by 2022 in order to keep up with demand.

This follows Treasurer Scott Morrison’s suggestions that over 60s stop “hoarding” the wealth in their homes, sell up and spend in order to help the economy.

Tell us, are you feeling the pressure to move out of your home? Would you downsize in order to give the next generation room to raise a family? 

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  1. we bust our arses to get our homes and while we were doing that we raised a generation of spoilt entitled brats. If they want the same sort of home get out there, work, go without, save and buy your bloody own!

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    • Sorry Dawn I have to disagree with you to a degree that they are all spoilt brats, I have three kids who would now have more than I have and I’m so proud of them however I don’t get to see them a great deal because they are working their arses off, I also know of many others who are just as successful however there are far to many prepared to sit on their bums and expect to get the dole.

    • Trish I agree my two kids now in their 30’s are both hard workers and do not expect hand outs. There are many young people like them. Unfortunately there are those who have too much of a sense of entitlement.

    • For goodness sake, we baby boomers deserve what we have worked so hard for. Are we supposed to now give it to those who sit on their backsides and get money from Centrelink instead of working for it. I will enjoy what I have without a guilty conscience.

    • I agree Nita I have two children they work hard one does two jobs they expect nothing from me and would do anything for me as I would them. Taught them values, respect hard work very proud of the young people the have become(35 & 37)❤️

    • It is the gap between rich and poor which is depriving our kids, not baby boomer selfishness.

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      • You are so right Kim and the “gap” you refer to is sadly growing wider by the year. This gap is acknowledged by all of us but what can be done to reduce it? Anyone have any suggestions?

    • So called academics who would,not know a hard days work if it kicked them in the nuts.

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      • I agree Diana – ‘academics’ (majority of) would never survive in the ‘real world’.

    • Damm right Dawn,they want it all straight up,must learn to earn,crawl,then walk.Gov is encouraging them also.

    • You didn’t need both parents working to afford a home back then, you do now. Its different now and kids today have next to no hope buying a home on even two average wages. I actually pity this next generation.

    • A few less squares per house would help. I started out with a loo yards away down the back yard and no built ins or carpet. A slum now when 65 squares are required per couple.

    • I agree Dawn. We started out with the smallest, most run-down house in the street, second-hand furniture and one older car between us. We did up the house as we could afford it, and had one major holiday in about 30 years.
      I can’t think of any couple I know now who would do this. It’s all brand new house, furniture, new cars every couple of years, major holidays every year. Huge televisions, gaming consoles, iPads for toddlers! It never ends.
      I’ve just got my first ever brand-new car at 60!

    • I wouldn’t like to be a young person in today’s society. Home ownership is getting more difficult.

    • Here here Dawn … Shaun whilst I do agree it is extremely hard for the young ones today but blaming baby boomers for this is absolutely absurd.

  2. No one should ever be pressure to move out of the home they worked hard for, yes there is a housing shortage today but that basically down to lack of planning from State and Federal Governments, we bring more people into the country without any thought as to how they going to be housed. Don’t lay the blame at the Baby Boomers door because they worked hard provided a home for themselves and their families

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  3. I worked had to get my lot so Scott Morrison and all the whiners can blow it out their arse

  4. No I don’t think any of us would be feeling GUILTY for providing a home for ourselves and our families, my advice for SOME young people would be to get yourself a good EDUCATION followed by a WELL PAYING JOB and then buy yourself or build yourself a home you can be proud of. There are to many young people who are happy to live on the dole and then have the cheek to complain when they have nothing. GET OVER IT.

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    • Hi Trish. Are you Joe Hockey in disguise? He made the same comments earlier this year before his exit from politics.

    • Not everyone on the dole want to be there. Many many people have lost jobs in recent years through no fault of theirs.

    • There are many who want it all for nothing. Think the world owes them something. We all went through hard times to get our homes. It’s not easy, you need to sacrifice to get what you want.

  5. Sick of hearing these stories – compared to the wages we received back THEN, we did it hard also – to buy a home, feed a family & pay school fees – MOSTLY on one wage – why should we feel GUILTY for anything!

  6. Dare I suggest that should this be the case then the Government should STOP allowing Overseas buyers to purchase our properties.

  7. Here we go again, another attack on baby boomers. I lived in a unit for 2 years and hated every minute of it. I now live in a large property in a country town. Most of us worked hard to get our homes. Many of us started in a unit or tiny townhouse that was the way things worked. We started small and put money to buying a nice home to bring up our families. What is wrong with today’s young people doing that? They seem to want everything immediately. I know at the moment city properties are ridiculously expensive but regional towns are cheaper or do as we did and start small or cheap and work up.

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    • The trouble with the young ones they as you say wont everything straight away. Our daughter bought a house, on her own with no financial help from us , in an area where she could afford all she had in the house was bought second hand now after 3 years she has another one and a rental, the young ones want to stop worrying about trying to keep up with ” the jones “

  8. I worked hard (full time worker while raising 3 children and helped husband with his business and running a household) to get what I have now-not a mansion but it has 2 spare bedrooms BUT it’s MINE to do as I see fit. We didn’t start with the best of everything.We started small and made do with used and second hand stuff until we could afford better unlike the mentality of some younger ones who expect the best when they first start out in life. I realise that living in the cities is hard to get a deposit and find somewhere cheap enough etc but most baby boomers give their children all the help they can. Live within your means and work hard, make sacrifices and your shall reap your rewards,not expect it from us oldies.

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    • I so agree. Most baby boomers worked hard for what they have and gave their kids as much help as they could and still do so gladly. I fortunate that my kids do not begrudge us what we have.

    • Yes I agree with you Leonie. We had a little old tv that was so battered we stained the box blue. We had a second hand ringer washing machine and lived in a unit to save for our first home that was nothing special.

  9. I’ve already helped my kids by having them live with me. One has lived with me for 2 years and the youngest for 1 year with her partner. No charge but shared the phone and electricity and bought their food. I’ve also helped them in other ways as well. We are always blamed first even though we worked all our lives. No maternity leave. No help from parents in those days. You had the children you looked after them yourself.

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    • Maybe it’s time they helped out by paying board. Then they can get an idea of how not all their money is theirs to do with as they please and they will learn to live on less, which is what will happen when they eventually leave home and rent or buy. The money they give you can then be put into an account to help with your retirement. They’ll probably get everything when you pass away anyway so you’ll be teaching them good budgeting habits and responsibility.
      Every financial advisor recommends this for parents with children who stay at home once they are of a working age. Not only to help with costs but also to make them responsible.

  10. Sounds like the UK. They have a ‘bedroom tax’. Apparently if you have unoccupied bedrooms you are taxed. This is to encourage people to downsize and/or take in lodgers. I don’t know about anyone else but we have already downsized into our ‘old age’ house. Yes we do have spare rooms but we fill them when our family come home for Christmas, holidays etc. The real estate market is so bad in our town at the moment I don’t think we could give our house away. So Australian Population Research Institute I guess we will be staying put. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

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    • I live close to the local TAFE & take in a student – $250pw, tax free towards food & bills is useful too!

    • WE live in a small 2 bedroom house in a rural Town ,when we first moved here people said “you live in the small house “. we love it ,it is ours ,been through some tough times .Might have problems selling later on being in the country.

    • The bedroom tax in the UK only applies to those renting public housing who have spare bedrooms and only to those UNDER retirement age.

  11. My only son comes and goes – he has been travelling having a great life. My house will always be his house for ever. He is well educated and his beautiful partner have been working hard in London saving heaps to come home next year to settle down. But I will have them live with me no questions asked. He is my life and our kids are so special I am blessed to Hv such a great relationship with my son.

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