September 4th 2010

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Articles from this issue:

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Labor's federal election debacle

EDITORIAL: A new deal for rural Australia?

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Can the independents agree on a policy agenda?

QUARANTINE: WTO rules in favour of NZ apples

NATIONAL SECURITY: Significance of Abu Bakar Bashir's arrest

CHINA I: Beijing's bid to turn the South China Sea into a Chinese lake

CHINA II: Do China's upheavals herald liberalisation?

ISLAM: What the West must demand of Muslims

NATIONAL MARRIAGE DAY: Why we need a renewed culture of natural marriage

OPINION: Choosing sex, the next great leap in selfish parenting

CHILDHOOD: Children at risk from internet pornography

EDUCATION: Seeking truth in the electronic age

POLITICAL FUNDING: Secular left's cynical use of religion

Population debate (letter)

Annual abortion tally (letter)

Why handicap language with political correctness? (letter)

AS THE WORLD TURNS: Financial recovery falters / Digital device over-use may cause brain fatigue / Young people not maturing to adulthood / US withdrawal from Iraq

BOOK REVIEW: BONHOEFFER: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, by Eric Metaxas

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Population debate (letter)

by Marcus L'Estrange

News Weekly, September 4, 2010


Dick Smith, Bob Brown and others have missed a point in wanting to curb the population growth and have in reality embraced a culture of death.

Birth-rates worldwide have already declined by more than a half since 1980, so population growth has already been checked.

How low do Dick, Bob want it to go? Low enough so that we are not replaced?

The developed world, in fighting for an anti-child society and for abortion on demand, has created a demographic winter.

We have overlooked the other side of the ledger: that the children of today are the workers, the producers, innovators, care-givers and taxpayers of tomorrow - those whose payments keep pension-funds solvent, those who empty the bedpans in nursing homes, operate factories and farms and keep the lights on all over the world. The family with four children helps to assure a comfortable old age to the childless.

Marcus L'Estrange,
St Kilda, Vic.

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