December 22nd 2007


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Articles from this issue:

EDITORIAL: Bali climate conference disconnected from reality

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Liberals not knowing which way to turn

FILM CLASSIFICATION: Porn film case dismissed by Federal Court

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Can Rudd restore an impartial public service?

FOREIGN DEBT: Last chance to avoid becoming a banana republic?

QUARANTINE: AQIS locks stable door after horse flu has bolted

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS: US and Israel differ over Iran nuclear capabilities

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Christmas miscellany / Shopping spree / If the Liberals keep their nerve / One way of spending the surplus / Developing expensive tastes

GENOCIDE: Stalin's Ukrainian famine - the Holodomor

OPINION: Four factors that have shaped the new PM

OPINION: Trojan Horse inside Amnesty International

The abused generation (letter)

John Howard's dignified farewell (letter)

Asbestos cynicism (letter)

Malthusian spectre (letter)

CHRISTMAS POEM: The adoration of the Magi

CINEMA: The Golden Compass - well-crafted fantasy film 'about killing God'

BOOKS: THIRD WAYS: Family-centred economies and why they disappeared, by Allan C. Carlson

BOOKS: THE MINEFIELD by Greg Lockhart, ON PATROL WITH THE SAS by Gary McKay

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Malthusian spectre (letter)


by Damian Wyld

News Weekly, December 22, 2007
Sir,

Recent letters and articles seem to suggest the Malthusians are coming out of their holes again.

These doomsayers who, in times past, have claimed we will eat ourselves out of house and home, are now using the climate-change debate to impart their extremist views.

One does not have to be a brain surgeon to work out that zero population growth (ZPG) is a really bad idea.

In Australia, with an ageing population and a birth-rate below replacement level, it is self-evident that we need more babies, not fewer.

Who else will drive the economy, pay tax, provide security and maintain this great country, if not they?

The likes of Professor Barry Walters ("Baby tax needed to save planet, claims expert", Adelaide Advertiser, December 10, 2007), who suggests Chinese-style population control, should stay in their holes and do us all a favour.

Damian Wyld,
SA State President,
National Civic Council,
Frewville, SA




























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