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Why next week's election is also partly a contest between the generations

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09.05.2019

Scott Morrison took the prime ministership emphasising that he was a "new generation" leader.

"The boomers have vacated the prime minister's chair," announced Melbourne University sociologist Dan Woodman. "He is the first Gen X-er in the top job." Morrison also happens to be younger than Bill Shorten, by a year.

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Yet who is the candidate standing for the younger generation? On one major policy area after another, Morrison defends a status quo that favours people in the latter part of life while Shorten advances the interests of younger generations.

Next week's election is a contest between Liberal and Labor, but it's also partly a contest between the generations. Not over symbolism but........

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