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What happens when you ask your parents for a house | Matt and Alex | triple j. What happens when you ask your parents for a house 5 May 2016 by triple j As we all know, 'shelter' is basic human need; one that our generation need to start lining up for ourselves. But even a cosy one bedroom fixer-upper shelter, with a share laundry and m² courtyard/garden, will set you back a fair bit.

With the federal budget having just been released, Malcolm Turnbull appeared on ABC radio with Jon Faine to talk through the finer points of #Budget2016 and the topic of housing affordability came up: Faine: [Gen Y] are saying: 'For goodness sake! You baby boomers want everything and you're locking us out'.Turnbull: Are your kids locked out of the housing market? In light of this, we asked listeners to hit up their parents for a few cheeky intergenerational G's and see what they said.

A handful got lucky: For the most part, though, it was just unadulterated Parental Sass™: Report reveals high costs of youth homelessness - RN Drive. Tenants Union of NSW calls to ban ‘no pets’ clause in tenancy agreements. When Penelope Bergen left her partner, she spent three months searching for somewhere to live in Sydney with her dog. Penelope Bergen and her dog have moved to Canberra after finding Sydney landlords to be unfriendly to pets. Photo: Supplied She was turned down every time because she is a pet owner and wanted an apartment, she said.

“We have had to live on the charity of a friend of a friend while searching for a home, which is humiliating and depressing,” Ms Bergen said. Under existing tenancy agreements, clause 43 allows NSW landlords to prohibit a tenant from keeping “animals on the residential premises without obtaining the landlord’s consent”. She described Sydney’s rental market as “appalling” and “unkind” for tenants with pets. The Tenants Union of NSW (TUNSW) has now asked for a ban on clauses prohibiting pets in lease agreements as part of their submission to Fair Trading NSW’s tenancy review discussion paper. Domain Home Price Guide Find out what your property's worth Find out now! Australian Dream. The Australian Dream or Great Australian Dream is a belief that in Australia, home-ownership can lead to a better life and is an expression of success and security. Although this standard of living is enjoyed by many in the existing Australian population, rising house prices compared to average wages are making it increasingly difficult for many to achieve the "great Australian Dream", especially for those living in large cities[citation needed].

It is also noted as having led to urbanisation (or more specifically suburbanisation), causing extensive urban sprawl in the major cities.[1] The term itself is derived from the American Dream, which first described the same phenomenon in the United States, starting in the 1940s. History[edit] The origin of the Australian Dream dates back to the period of reconstruction following World War II. Homes - not just another commodity[edit] In popular culture[edit] The Australian Dream has been expressed in many mainstream movies, poems and books. They're a Weird Mob. Plot[edit] Giovanni 'Nino' Culotta[4] is an Italian immigrant, who comes to Australia as a journalist, employed by an Italian publishing house, to write articles about Australians and their way of life for those Italians who might want to emigrate to Australia.

In order to learn about real Australians, Nino takes a job as a brickie's labourer with a man named Joe Kennedy. The comedy of the novel revolves around his attempts to understand English as it was spoken in Australia by the working classes in the 1950s and 1960s. Nino had previously only learned 'good' English from a textbook. The novel is a social commentary on Australian society of the period; specifically male, working class society.

The final message of the novel is that immigrants to Australia should count themselves fortunate and should make efforts to assimilate into Australian society, including learning to speak Australian English. Sequels[edit] The book has three sequels which feature largely the same cast of characters: The Australian Ugliness. The Australian Ugliness is a 1960 book by Australian architect Robin Boyd. Boyd investigates the Australian aesthetic in regard to architecture and the suburbs and in the process coins the doctrine "featurism" to describe it. Whilst not entirely a tragedy for the Australian community, Boyd proposes that education in design, landscaping and architecture can be a means to resolve the ugliness he observed. Reception[edit] After the book's first publication, Boyd was criticised for being unpatriotic by the Australian mainstream press.

The book became an influential best seller, opening up the debate about design, architecture and urban planning. It also channeled the "cultural cringe" and belief that Australia was not as lively, dynamic or beautiful as Europe or North America.[1] References[edit] Further reading[edit] The triumph of ugliness from the Sydney Morning Herald.