Why men avoid fatherhood (letter)by Greg ByrneNews Weekly
, February 8, 2003
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