Malthusian Nonsense Alert: Babies a Drag on the Economy, Report Says
(Hat tip: Creative Minority Report)
Despite a solid Archbishop in George Cardinal Pell and a recent visit from the Holy Father, Australia nevertheless seems to be the world capital of baby-hating Malthusian nonsense:
FORGET those plans to have a third child for the country because further increases in the birth rate could harm the economy, the nation's productivity watchdog has warned.My Comments:
A major analysis of the nation's increasing fertility rate said it was at its highest level for 25 years - but the Productivity Commission yesterday warned further increases may aggravate rather than solve the problem of the ageing of the population.
This is because it will shift women out of the workforce while they care for babies, depressing labour supply and reducing the taxation base as our population ages, the Daily Telegraph reported.
And the women having the babies would be exacerbating the financial impacts on the government of the ageing of the population because the tax breaks offered to parents to have children occur up front, while the cost savings of a bigger working population and bigger tax base from extra children are deferred until they are of working age.
Given his statements on this issue in the past, I'm quite sure His Eminence Cardinal Pell will have a word or two of excoriation for this "report".
Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Malthusian Nonsense in the Extreme: "When Should You Die?"
Cardinal Pell Criticizes Australian Medical Ass'n for Publishing Letter Advocating Carbon Tax on Children
Professor Solves Global Warming: Let’s Tax Reproduction
Cardinal Pell on Global Warming Alarmists: "Scaremongers" and "Zealots"
Feminist Manifesto Excoriates Stay-at-Home Moms for Not Going to Work
Dutch Feminazis Want to Punish Educated Mothers