Ralph Bennett (Your Say, 20 June) correctly identifies population growth as the source of most of this country’s problems.
But he will be waiting a long time for his hero “strong leaders”, Messrs Abbott and Baird, to change things. Doesn’t he realise that it is their governments which are promulgating the “growth at all costs” policy? Until recently, Mr Abbott was even advocating that we should to pay women to have more babies. And he’d rather we continued to breathe carbon emissions because he doesn’t like the look of wind turbines, or presumably solar panels, despite the moral arguments expressed by his spiritual leader, the Pope. And Mr Baird has just announced that a Greater Sydney Commission will deliver 664,000 additional houses by 2031. They clearly haven’t got the message, Mr Bennett.
Messrs Abbott and Baird don’t know the meaning of the phrase “quality of life”. If it doesn’t have a dollar sign in front of it, it can’t be of any importance. But population growth does have plenty of dollar signs, all of them red for minus.
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.