Radio National listeners love Deakin Baby Boomers Forum

05 October 2011

Favourable feedback floods in after broadcast.

The YES I AM A BABY BOOMER BUT IT IS NOT MY FAULT forum co-hosted by Deakin Research and ABC Radio National was broadcast on October 3rd and drew  highly favourable comments from the  Life Matters audience.

The forum, held at the Alfred Deakin Research Institute in Geelong last month, featured writer, actor and singer Jane Clifton and Deakin University's Professor David Walker and Dr Kim Toffoletti.


Comments included:

Sue Becker:

Loved what I heard of the program. I am smack bang in the middle of the baby boomers but when I listen to pop culture I sometimes think it passed me by. I certainly had the playing under the sprinkler in the back yard,having to be home when the street lights came on, the warm milk at school (which I did not object to). Where I lived there was no liberal sexuality and drug use etc.  I am proud to say that I have raised three daughters who are all free thinkers and making their mark in the world and will hopefully raise children who will be free thinkers and not stereotyped by the year they were born in.

Maxine Collinson:

I thoroughly enjoyed Jane Clifton's presentation, a very clever writer, would love to have it in print.Thank you.

Mike Ballard:

I enjoyed Jane Clifton's presentation. Very amusing. Thanks.

Valerie Yule:

I hope Life Matters or Deakin University Research will put up a transcript of Jane Clifton's talk about life a few decades ago with the youth of baby boomers, "Yes I'm a Baby Boomer but it's not my fault". Her talk describes the peak of our civilisation before Australia became unsustainably wasteful.

Stephen Barefut:

Being a blood brother baby boomer would now be regarded as concerning as walking an old paling fence in barefeet or drinking the small bottles of milk that warmed and soured for hours in the school yard before its distribution at playlunch. Being a blood brother was the sign of great friendship. The cutting of the palm with a penknife and that of friends and then joining the cuts with precision so that your blood somehow became the mix of your friends was the ultimate measure of friendship. How can Facebook resurrect such a ritual of friendship with the hundreds of people we list as friends.

D. Hawcroft:

I loved Jane Clifton's list of differences between the world today and the world as it was when she was young. It virtually defined everything that is wrong with our world today. That list could do to be printed out on posters and posted up everywhere.

Daryl Tucker:

Absolutely brilliant, I am not a Baby Boomer, but I loved it, both humourous and serious, Radio National at its very best. You proved yet again that radio doesn't have to be bloody talkback and superannuated comedians.

David Martin:

Another interesting program. I just wanted to point out that it's not my fault that every morning, when we wake up, there's another 200,000 new generation mouths to feed! 200k every single day!! Why? What's the attraction?? Kids - you can't sell them, burn them, or eat them - well not legally at least! Personally I've got dogs - Kelpies - loyal, intelligent, loving, obedient, great companions - why would anyone want "dog substitutes" instead?

I've got to despair for the future because during this century the "Me,me,me" generation will have to come to terms with and address the four BIG issues of the ramifications of climate change, world population growth, then end of fossil fuels, and an economic system that relies on growth. Needless to say - IT'S NOT MY FAULT!!!

Annie Warburton:

Heard it right through. Very good. Especially loved your second speaker and then Jane, always good value.

Neil Cranmer:

I've just listened to Jane Clifton and loved every word of it Bravo Jane!


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The Baby Boomer forum is the sixth in the series of forums co-hosted by Deakin and Life Matters.

Previous forums have looked at sustainability, obesity, ethics, literacy and the republican movement in Australia.

View highlights of the 2010 forum YES WE’RE STILL A MONARCHY BUT IT IS NOT MY FAULT.

Jane Clifton, Dr Kim Toffoletti and Professor David Walker Jane Clifton, Dr Kim Toffoletti and Professor David Walker

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