May 20th 2017


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COVER STORY Morrison's budget jive lacks inherent harmony

CANBERRA OBSERVED Does budget do heavy lifting or is it "Labor lite"?

NEW ZEALAND Porn poll shows strong majority supports default opt-out policy to protect kids online

FRANCE Emmanuel Macron: a president without a political base

YOUNG POLITICAL ACTIVIST TRAINING (YPAT) Seven-day intensive course without equal in Australia

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Taiwan to go full steam ahead with submarines

RURAL AFFAIRS Murray Goulburn closures an omen of an industry in crisis

CLIMATE SCIENCE Temperature hasn't risen in 20 years: latest data

QUEENSLAND ENERGY 50 per cent renewables target: Is it credible?

LITERATURE Inexplicable: the ongoing appeal of H.P. Lovecraft

LITERATURE The gentle giant: Samuel Johnson

MUSIC Promissory notes: the public funding siphon

CINEMA Going in Style: Old dogs turned rookie robbers

LETTERS

BOOK REVIEW An abstemious revolutionary

BOOK REVIEW Soviet-era thriller revels in details

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News Weekly, May 20, 2017

Where is everyone?

China had a one-child policy for several years, and currently the world is performing millions of abortions every year. This writer predicts that, as a result, in the next generation there will be an economic crisis as never before. Why?

Those individuals who would have been born were to be the workforce of the future. But each one’s absence will mean an income not earned, and thus tax revenue on that income will not be available to finance the greater numbers seeking aged care, the enrolments at schools, infrastructure and many other services funded by government. Teachers, blue-collar workers, food suppliers, transport operators and many others will no longer be needed to meet non-existent demand.

Nature allows humankind the free will to accept or reinterpret, but she will hit back when her prescription for morals and preservation of the human race are replaced with “we know what is best”.

In our time, peoples are dismissing the wisdom and truth of nature in pursuit of the selfish lifestyle that says, “me first”. Governments want to be the ones who decide what is true and false. They will not acknowledge a higher authority who has set the rules.

The price to be paid for this rejection, and man-made rules, will be substantial.

Peter Young,
Greta, NSW

 

Lesson in WA rout

The various post-mortems on the Liberal rout in the West Australian election have failed to mention what I believe is an important point.

Turnbull has made the whole Liberal brand name, state and federal, toxic. He has done this by his treachery and betrayal in seizing the Prime Ministership, his incompetent campaigning, what looks like a blatant lack of principle and values (apart from the irrational and utterly destructive renewable energy obsession), arrogance personified and a patronising belief that conservatives will have forgotten his past leftist record.

If the Liberals go into the next federal election with Turnbull as Prime Minister, they can expect a wipeout that will make the WA debacle look like the proverbial vicarage tea party.

Hal G.P. Colebatch,
Nedlands, WA

 

Jobs Jobs Jobs

For the voters on the lower end of town.

Jobs bring hope for the future.

Jobs take the pressure off mental health.

Jobs take the pressure off worry and suicide.

Jobs take the pressure off home bashing and wife bashing.

Jobs can make a happy home in most cases.

Jobs would take the pressure off Medicare.

Jobs would take the pressure off family and children’s relationships.

Jobs would make happier communities and help them to grow.

Jobs would help eliminate crime and break up some gangs that have come together out of sheer boredom.

The south–north rail link between Victoria and North Queensland and on to the Darwin port to export to Asia would help. This line would run west of the mountains and it would draw a half million people from Sydney and help create more small businesses.

All this needs is a kick-start in money from the government or in the way of shares.

A Liberal MP wrote in an article in the paper saying that Sydney was overpopulated.

So, if he reads this, here is the chance to help the working class and especially the children, which would take some of the pressure off some of the schools in the city.

If these people don’t get jobs fast, technology will overtake them and then the country will be in real trouble.

D. Egan,
Dubbo, NSW

Checkout check

The next time you feel like complaining about the lack of jobs in Australia, ponder for a moment whether you are contributing to the problem.

I was in Bunnings Warehouse the other day and was shocked to see just one, solitary person serving at the checkout. This had the effect of funneling customers lemming-like towards the automated self-checkouts. Corporates have embarked upon this course for what I can see only as an exercise in reducing labour costs and fattening profits.

So, next time you front up to Coles, Woolworths, Big W, Bunnings or KMart, consider whether your decision to bypass a human worker in favour of a machine (while it may take a little longer) will mean that the job your child, grandchild, nephew, niece, parent or friend could have done, disappears.

Besides, I feel that if I’m doing all the work, why should I give the company the benefit of my unpaid labour? If everyone refused to patronise the automated self-checkouts and demanded human checkout operators, companies would be forced to discontinue using them and employ actual people to do the work.

Colin McKay,
St Kilda East, Vic.

 

Future crunch

I write because of the way two of the stories in the March 25 News Weekly come together. These are “Millennials fear they’ve been left out in the cold” on page 3 (Canberra Observed) and “Scope for regeneration as Me Generation shuffle off” by Lucy Sullivan on page 17.

If we do not give the Millennials a “fair go”, we can hardly expect them to do the same for us in the future. I refer to looking after “us” in our old age, especially as there is only going to be 2.75 of them for each of us, versus the 4.5 today.

While they might not support euthanasia for their own elderly relatives, it could be quite different for the “wrinklies” collectively.

John Horne,
Dunedoo, NSW

 




























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