17 November, 2014. 10:04
ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | [email protected]
AN INDEPENDENT STUDY commissioned by the Federal Government has concluded that there’s no reason anybody aged 25 and up should still be living at home.
The findings are contained in a report called Meet the Full Nesters, published by the Australian Family Association (AFA), a thinktank set up three years ago by a consortium led by Major-General Michael Jeffery, Sir Peter Lawler and Dame Elisabeth Murdoch
It comes after official data published earlier this year showed that record numbers of young adults are living with their parents, as youth unemployment, high house prices and the cost of university leave millions unable to fly the nest.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that more than 3.3 million 20- to 34-year-olds were living in the family home last year, representing more than a third (34%) of this age group.
Former Governer-General and patron of the AFA Michael Jeffery, says that the current generation of “stay-at-home” children are “useles, hopeless people”.
“I was given command of B Company 3RAR when I was 25,” says Major-General Jeffery.
“It was a great honor.”
25-year-old Grant Breslan says he couldn’t afford to move out of home while still studying at university.
“I’m studying full-time,” says Mr Breslan.
“There’s no time for me to work,”
Grant is currently enrolled in TAFE studying horticulture three days a week.
“I’m saving up to go to South America next year,” says Mr Breslan.
“Going to be off the chain,”
On the flip side, parents to 31-year-old Masters student Brenton Creswell says that they’re gearing up for the long haul.
“Brenton is doing his masters in creative writing. We tried to talk him out of it,” says mother Kate.
“He thinks he’s going to be the J. R. R. Tolkien,”
Brenton’s father, Brian, retired from the Royal Australian Navy in 2010 with the rank of Commander. He’s currently serving on staff at the Office of the Defense Minister in Canberra.
“Brenton can’t even read a f**king bus timetable,” says father Brian.
“I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m going to be burdened with Brenton until one of us dies,”
Brenton says his first novel The Golden Duke has attracted interest from some big publishers but he’s considering self-publishing the book.
“It’s about a man who is accidentally made a duke but he doesn’t want to be a duke so he escapes but they track him down and they fight over whether he has to be a duke or not [sic],”
“My friends like it.”
Brian Creswell says he emphatically will not be either funding the production of nor even read the book that his son has written.
“No f**king way,” says Commander Creswell.
“I’m 67-years-old. I’ve only got 10 left in me so I’m not going to waste any time.”