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A Betoota Heights sexagenarian has lashed out on social media this afternoon at those in our cosmopolitan desert community who think all Baby Boomers are wealthy, property-owning, economic and social handbrakes on the nation.

Some, Derryn Bradley says, are like him – poor and struggling to keep their heads above water.

The 68-year-old told our reporters that he’s read comments that young people leave on news articles and stories from youth-orientated media outlets that put much of the blame for today’s problems on the ageing.

“I’m sick of it. I’m a Baby Boomer and I don’t own a house,” he said.

“On top of that, I don’t have any savings or any superannuation. I’m fucked. I’m going to have to work until my right ventricle blows out like John Candy’s did and I die there and then while I’m stacking shelves at the French Quarter IGA!”

“So this goes out to all the Generation Yousless, Gen X complainers and whatever in God’s name the kids are called now. Fuck you.”

However, many in the community have called ‘sour grapes’ on Mr Bradley’s thoughts.

Professor Sandy Cole from the South Betoota Polytechnic School of Economics and Metalwork said that Mr Bradley is an outlyer in his age bracket and demographic, telling The Advocate that if what he’s saying is true, then he’s obviously squandered his only chance at being rich.

“No matter how hard you work now, you will never own a home or be independently wealthy. The only people who are wealthy in our community are those who’ve inherited it,”

“While most young people can afford to buy a home, just not in the blue-chip suburb where they think they deserve to live, the problem isn’t them. It’s the Boomers who got everything for free then have the gall to turn around and ask for even more,”

“It was very easy to buy a home and save for the future in the 70s and 80s so there is no excuse for a Boomer not to have a house or significant wealth,”

“Unless they spent all their wealth raising their children. That’s acceptable.”

The Advocate reached out to a number of other local Boomers who don’t own homes but couldn’t find any.

More to come


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