The Committee for Economic Development of Australia recently issued a report entitled 'Australia's Future Workforce' which predicts that "more than five million jobs, almost 40% of all Australian jobs that exist today, have a moderate to high likelihood of disappearing within the next 10 - 15 years".
Meanwhile, the Treasury's 2015 Intergenerational Report forecasts that "based on patterns of migration, fertility and life expectancy (mortality), Australia’s population is projected to grow at 1.3 per cent per year". That would give us a population increase of 5.09 million over the same 15 years.
Upwards of five million lost jobs, and five million more people, in the short space of 15 years.
To paraphrase Kevin Rudd, the biggest moral challenge of our lifetime, even more than climate change, is population growth, yet our politicians seem oblivious to the disaster that isn't just waiting to happen, it's already with us.
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.