February 8th 2003


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COVER STORY: Old-growth forests and wildfires

COMMENT: Iraq's last chance to avert war

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Howard turns eyes to NSW poll

HIGH COURT: A further improvement in the High Court

STRAWS IN THE WIND: False Dawn / Iraq another Vietnam? / UN: ideal and reality

AGRICULTURE: Deregulation and low prices see sugar investment collapse

The fatal flaw in economic rationalism (letter)

Why men avoid fatherhood (letter)

Cattle grazing to cut bushfire risk (letter)

Firefighters deserve our thanks (letter)

Canberra's tragedy (letter)

Case against Saddam not established (letter)

Full story (letter)

Cane farmers' survey (letter)

PROFILE: Solzhenitsyn: the conscience of modern society

ASIA: China launches massive infrastructure expansion

VICTORIA: Taxpayers bankroll alternative lifestyles

ASIA: Taiwan's rural finance in trouble

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Why men avoid fatherhood (letter)


by Greg Byrne

News Weekly, February 8, 2003
Sir,

In its early years, the NCC had Dr Colin Clark as its main economic adviser. Dr Clark was an expert on population policies.

According to Dr Clark the main problem then (and today it's worse) was politicians buying votes with taxpayers' money. A recent study by the Centre of Independent Studies has shown that government expenditure per person per year is about $13,000 and growing steadily in real terms.

This has to be paid for in taxes and taxes already take half the average family's income. So that if spending per person is rising steadily in real terms then families must lose more than half their income in taxes.

I may be a pessimist but I strongly believe that spending per person will rise until it gets near $20,000 in real terms, at which point there will be a major political crisis like that when Kerr sacked Whitlam. That is the most optimistic scenario.

On top of that, modern families are faced with enormous housing costs. On current trends a house will cost about $500,000 in five years time.

Men are avoiding fatherhood because men carry the responsibility of providing for families they can't afford.

Greg Byrne
Rowville, Vic




























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