‘We get the raw deal out of almost everything’: A quarter of young Australians are pessimistic about having kids

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Young people today are coming of age in the middle of a global pandemic, soaring house prices, an unpromising job market and the shadow of climate change. As part of the 2021 Australian Youth Barometer, we asked young people what they think about their futures. Some of the responses were bleak. As one 24-year-old observed: “I feel like, as a young person specifically, we get the raw deal out of almost everything at the moment.” What is this doing to young people’s aspirations? In particular, what impact might it have on their plans to have children?

Period19 May 2022

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  • young people
  • Youth Barometer
  • Housing affordability
  • home ownership
  • families
  • climate change