Opinion: Y so hard to get along with?

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Mark Parton
Mark Parton
WHEN girls turn 13, they commence an unrelenting campaign of embarrassment and humiliation against their fathers, designed to demonstrate that their dads are, indeed, ancient.

These campaigns include lots of eye rolling, “whatevers” and looks of astonishment at our ignorance of the ways of the modern world.

Oh, the look when I admitted not knowing who the “X Factor” judge with the crazy hair, crazy glasses and crazy clothes was.

Was it Red Foo?

My Brydie girl explained his musical pedigree, but as soon as she mentioned a band called LMFAO, I lost interest.

I also know I’m old because I don’t understand the concept of bright yellow shoes and because the idea of starting a big night out at midnight seems ridiculous.

When I was 18, we’d go “out on the turps” from about 7 o’clock on a Friday or Saturday night. By midnight, you’d had your fill and were looking for place to lay down.

Therefore, I will never understand Gen Y’s practice of:

a. preloading with cheap grog at home, before

b. going out from midnight and drinking till 5am.

My father told me nothing good ever happens out on the street after midnight, and he was right.

The NSW ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance is calling for the Territory to tighten the sale of alcohol and for earlier closing times for licensed venues.

I know I’m old and out of touch, but what a sensational idea.

Surely, getting people out of those venues a few hours earlier is going to curb some of the anti-social behaviour that has plagued our city centre in the early hours of Saturday and Sunday mornings.

I had an argument on my radio program with Jeff House, from Clubs ACT, about this. He believes licensed clubs shouldn’t be placed in the same category as genuine nightclubs. He says that at 3am his clubs are offering a service to taxi drivers and shift workers, and we would be depriving these people if we closed the doors. He suggested that most licensed clubs were pretty much empty at 3am, anyway.

Well, Jeff, if they’re empty anyway, why not just close them at 3am?

Maybe we need Mr Foo as a consultant to this Alcohol Policy Alliance. Perhaps he could come up with some policy changes that might connect to Gen Y, because I’m blowed if I can.

Mark Parton is the breakfast announcer on 2CC



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Mark Parton
Canberra Liberal MLA and former breakfast announcer on 2CC.

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