Dr Garrity (Letters, 27 July) advances the prevalent supply-side argument in the matter of hospital beds. But dealing with the demand side of the equation, ie population growth, would benefit not just hospitals, but also housing, schools, roads, transport, unemployment, and so on. Virtually every "not enough ... " problem can be re-stated as "too many people".
Yet federal Treasury's Intergenerational Report blithely tells us Australia can expect an additional 5 million people over the next 15 years, whilst an analysis last month from the Committee for Economic Development of Australia predicts that more than 5 million of today's jobs may disappear in a similar time span.
If that's not a recipe for disaster, I don't know what is.it.
There aren't too many ways available for venting one's anger or frustration at some of the things happening in the world around us. One such escape valve is the good old Letter to the Editor, even if only a small proportion of them gets published. It is often well-nigh impossible to keep the discussion short enough for the newspapers. So rather that have them expire in some Editor's Trash bin, we'll preserve them for posterity here. Inevitably, though, some nuances will be lost for those unfamiliar with the background or the letter or article to which we are responding. But each is undoubtedly a miniature literary masterpiece, though you may find the themes become somewhat repetitive.