Thursday, August 07, 2008

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.

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.

My Comments:
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

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At 8/07/2008 2:26 AM, Blogger Jackie Parkes said...

Quite often we get TV programmes saying we should be taxed more for having more than 2 children. I find it so offensive I have to leave the room..

At 8/07/2008 7:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even though my wife and I have not been Blessed with many children, I admire people who have many children. Children are the future of our Church and our country. Without raising a future generation, society cannot progress. It is malcontenary and Liberalism run amok to view children as a problem rather than a solution.


At 8/07/2008 8:24 AM, Anonymous crankycon said...

My wife and I are pleased to soon be contributing another "drag" on our economy, and hopefully several more drags immediately after that (if she ever lets me touch her again after going through this pregnancy).

At 8/07/2008 8:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats, Crankycon!


At 8/07/2008 10:07 AM, Blogger Tito Edwards said...

Congratulations should also be given to Mrs. Parkes. A mother of ten (10)!!!

At 8/09/2008 10:27 AM, Blogger OmegaPaladin said...

The reason why this report is bogus is because it deals with areas of relative affluence. The areas with crazy high populations are usually poor, where children can't be supported. I would imagine that high birth rates for a family also drops your standard of living. Definitely isn't a good reason to legislate births - that just causes even more problems.


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