A row has broken out in Australia following a column which appeared at the weekend in “The Australian” newspaper. In it, columnist Bernard Salt asked why young people seemed more keen on fancy breakfasts than saving for a house.
He said: “I have seen young people order smashed avocado with crumbled feta on five grain toasted bread at AUD $22 and more. I can afford to eat this for lunch because I am middle-aged and have raised my family. But how can young people afford to live like this? Shouldn’t they be economising by eating at home? How often are they eating out? Twenty dollars several times a week could go towards a deposit on a house?
Salt’s assertion that young people should save for a house rather than enjoying the same luxuries as him has met with much scorn in a country where house prices have soared in recent years. Critics have pointed out you could forgo your weekly brunch for a hundred years and still not be able to afford the deposit on an average house.
Comedians have weighed in as well, with Deirdre Fidge sharing her “life story”, “I stopped eating smashed avocado and now I open a castle”. Meanwhile, the Sydney Morning Herald called for smashed avo toast to be made Australia’s national dish.
More serious critics have argued that millennials and other young people are not going to brunch instead of buying houses; they are buying brunch because they cannot afford to buy a house.
Perhaps the final word belongs to Australian food magazine, Broadsheet, which has collaborated with several cafes this week to launch “home saver” special menus this week – at about AUD $11 each.
Source: BBC News