A budget to end extended adolescence

It’s not just the young – older cohorts lead ‘adolescent’ lifestyles because the economy and work have changed so much.

The grown-ups may be in charge in Canberra, but in this week’s budget they are sending mixed signals to young Australians about how grown-up the nation wants them to be.

The radical overhaul of welfare and education policy asks members of Generation Y to stand on their own two feet as adults, but also risks ushering them into prolonged periods of dependency.

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