Millennials to ScoMo: the future is ours, so it’d be good to have a say in it


Published: Crikey
Topic: Society
2020

As Australia looks to a post-coronavirus future, a young Australian asks: can we have a say in what's next for the country?

Splendour in the Grass, 2019. (IMAGE: AAP/REGI VARGHESE)

Among the ideas that have sprung forth about ways Australia can rebuild post-coronavirus, there is a crucial perspective missing: how do young people, with the bleak future that confronts us, want our future to look?

Among my friends, all in our mid-20s, a similar question is being flung around our group chats. Friends who’ve lost their jobs and those who will soon be a graduate of the dreaded year 2020 are asking, "How can we have a say in what is next?".

Beyond pushing our suggestions into the ether of our similarly-aged social media followings, the collective response has been “not much”.




© JB 2020