Irresponsible claims by SBS and others link RACISM to the population debate – 2:25min


Dick responds to SBS on his statements on housing affordability, population growth, racism.

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  • If you dont need any more reminding of the overpopulation of the PLANET (let alone Australia) check this out.
    Humans are breeding like rabbits. Thats evolution for you. Genes are blind to survivability.

    First thing we have to do is kick “economics” out of universities.
    The second is limit of 2 kids
    Third is ask the Greens if they understand the relationship between population and climate change (the answer is a definite NO ! – amazing eh ?).
    No point in talking to the religious – god put us here to procretate – this ones a lost cause.

    http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/

  • I work in the education sector and have taught many international students. From my experience the vast majority were here to work not to study most working well in excess of their visa conditions and most paid well below award rates. The whole international student market is a huge scam to provide cheap workers depriving Australians of jobs and the stock the population ponzi scheme. I got sick of listening to all the scams going around from 457’s handing back half their pay to fake marriages etc. Now most of the private colleges are owned by foreigners and their is not even the pretext of education. The skills shortage list is a total joke. Are there any jobs missing from the list? Yet I have so many friends stuggeling to find work or more hours. Every time a package is delivered for work the driver is from ***** and is a self employed contractor but of course is under compete control of the employer. We have Australian living in the street but our State Government wants to give our tax money to refugees that refuse to abide by the terms of the agreement they made to come here for medical treatment. Now we have the Greens saying we should take another 20,000 refugees from Mayamar. I will retire in a few years but wont qualify for a Govt pension but that is ok. A refugee needs no qualifying period and an immigrant only has to have been here for 10 years no requirement to have ever worked.What a joke this country has become.

    • Here, here. Couldn’t have said it better myself – what a sad joke is true, to be living in a country where betrayal and treason of your own people occurs on mass just because of one thing -MONEY! It’s all about money – most immigrants come here for the money, which is the same reason why most people holiday in Bali or someplace cheaper – its all about the money, money makes people do stupid things, even betray their own people, like so many people (trolls) who have posted negative posts about people like Dick, myself and others, calling me racist and for what? Pointing out irrefutable evidence and making simple, unbiased observations?

    • Excellent post, but in addition to this there is the United Nations Agenda 21 driving up red tape and bureacracy for business and making land and building ownership a nightmare. Councils now have thousands of laws and stautes. How did we manage in the past? Brilliantly…. that created the country we now have that is fast eroding.
      The huge expensive Public service and our far too many councils are a cancer on our future, there seems little accountability with Councils, Public servants, and Politicians spending our money. Instead, all major spending should be done online by the ratepayers and the voters not a handful of backroom boys and girls. Note also the huge number of Greens entering councils with their socialist agenda. Stop all migration until we get our factories back which are the biggest employer, instead of dumping them on welfare or taking our kids jobs. Inheritance tax is crucial to curb the top 1%.

  • The journo at SBS is of strong foreign heritage.Read her details and you will work it out that the population of her /or parents previous country is close to 1 billion people. No one can deny them the desire to come to Australia for a better life after all we are all immigrants. However, many will bring their extended family and whilst this costs a good deal this is more than offset by the pension,access to first world infrastructure and free medical benefits they secure after the qualifying period.
    This is a drain on the taxpayer as they have not worked in this country and paid tax.Clearly the taxpayer cannot be an endless resource for these people. We need an immigration policy which is sustainable,This SBS reporter is looking at self interest only. It should be also noted that Australia/NZ will in the future have obligations to take in the various Pacific Islanders if the doomsday merchants are proved correct and sea levels rise. These people are in our backyard and should obviously get priority over and above those outside our region. All people including recent immigrants (now aussies) I speak to agree with your sensible focus on this debate . Hopefully these useless politicians will have the guts to say something constructive shortly. Keep up the good work Dick.

    • How about a photo I.D. on our Medicare Card? How easy for a foreign tourist to come here and borrow one. How many make a profit from this? How many hand them out to overseas relatives when they arrive sick? How many elderly relatives looking after migrant children access as Medical system? How many sponsor relatives and then after a few years say they can no longer support them and the taxpayers pick up the Tab?

  • Thank you Dick for having the courage to speak up. I find it quite tiring with all these people as soon as you say stop immigration they say you are a racist. What a nonsense stopping immigration means stopping immigration from ALL countries.

    Sydney use to be a paradise to live in, now it is close to hell. Roads, schools, hospitals, etc are crammed to capacity. There is no where to park your car. Your kids can’t find employment. And it should be interesting in the years to come how our water supply will be coping.

    This growth that is being pushed by a few greedy individuals needs to halt.

    Thank you once again Dick. I back you 100%

  • Yes Dick everything you say is commonsense unfortunately that has never been a prerequisite to being a politician if it was the chamber would be empty.no political party has the interest of the people at heart but the politically correct will be the death of our country and many others and unfortunately by the time it’s realised it will be to late to stop it as a grandfather I fear for my children and grandchildrens future.The only future politicians worry about is the next election and where they can retire in safety after they have screwed us all

  • The best thing is for The Australian to get a “Home & Job”…then they will likely be good citizens & off welfare (which will break us soon enough!)…..Plenty of land here, & plenty of work to be done… & money to be made…Good for permaculture & roof water usage too….This is all about BAD laws that create DEBT & BAD conditions..& destroy hope for young Australians…..They also ought get unemployed to build future Rail links, & fast rail links ON MAIN routes.. & other things that create wealth..not give dole which often harms & consumes wealth… Bravo Dick & All!!

    • Do you mean slavery? Or do you mean create jobs and offer local jobseekers paid employment and a secure career path?
      “Not give dole”, then what? Come knocking on your door begging, sent to jail for stealing food or shelter? When society openly turns down some of those in it, do they then turn against society, maybe a terrorist cell offering food, shelter and brotherhood would become appealing. Remember the stories told in school of the convicts’ sent to Australia for stealing a loaf of bread to feed the family?
      The government pays Max employment (multi-national), Employment Plus etc more per year per individual than the individual receives in welfare. Last month the stats were 17 job-seekers for every 1 job. So they’re not really an employment service but a punitive ‘slave-master’, it is thought the government is trying to bring social security to collapse.Apparently high unemployment keeps wages low which benefits global trade/economy (those at the top benefit).
      This year it is estimated that 10.5 billion will be spent on unemployed and sick, 100 billion on aged and disability, 6.3 on veterans.

  • I find the comments made by Dick Smith to be accurate. These people seeming to be political correct are doing damage to our way of life.

    Has anyone thought to examine why the people from other countries want to come here? They have ruined their won countries so want to continue doing the same things here.

    The different countries from Africa we are sending humanitarian aid and they do not practice birth control and are breeding far too much for the capacity of their country to look after them. Its going to happen here if birth control is not kept under control. I know of some immigrants who do not work. I also know of some who have shopping centres, and dentistry and they don’t pay a fair amount of tax The Dentist said to me that he does not put any more than a third of what he owes in to the tax department as they don’t check up on us.

  • Thoughtless growth with the purpose of using the world’s resources to increase the possessions, power and influence of the obscenely wealthy few, while minimising the portion that the rest of the people have access to must logically lead to catastrophic conflict.
    THIS IS ALREADY HAPPENING, HELPED ALONG BY GLOBALISATION.
    Australia needs leaders who will strive to ensure that all Australians get a fairer share of Australia’s resources and make sure that control of these resources are not sold off to other countries to make some rich individual Australians even richer.
    Australians are in a better position to address this situation than most other countries ,if we act soon and decisively, and we get politicians who consider the greater good more than the next election.

  • Good luck with this Dick.
    Virtually all parties have a vested interest in endless growth to feed their political machine.
    I realised the issue when I was much younger after having watched time and again overpopulated countries putting out their hands for our money. I ceased giving when I realised I was part of the problem…. feeding them to bring up another generation of starving kids. No money from me unless they are neutered for it. Countries should only have a population that can be sustained in the worst of times.

    It is just unfettered greed…. most of out pollies are educated enough to understand the insanity of endless growth in a finite world but choose to ignore it as they will never be directly effected apart from city traffic jams.

    SBS once again biting the hand that feeds it… playing the race card. why am I not surprised.
    Bob Comerford

  • I agree with Dick. I wrote to the department of Immigration about my concerns that employers were employing foreigners and underpaying them, while many Australian nurses who are citizens are missing out on work and losing their skills. The foreign nurses should not have got sponsorship when the jobs should have gone to Australian nurses in the first place. The nurses union is turning a blind eye ?due to kickbacks or receiving favours in return.

    It is not just the foreigner who comes into the country quite often it is other family members too, that tax payers are expected to support. And they quite often have children within the first few years of being here.

    I never use to feel like this and would be the first to be kind to them when I worked with them however I have been on the receiving end of reverse discrimination whereby they will help one another but they would not help me with my workload. I sat in the tearoom one day with all Asian, Indian and African nurses and someone mentioned how an Australian man was used by a woman to get into the country. Some of them thought it was funny.

    If Peter Dutton could not control immigration properly how on earth is he going to control a number of government organisations that are now under one umbrella to stop any threats to Australia.

    We only have an finite number of resources and artificial intelligence is going to cause a lot of job losses in the next 15 years so we do need to ensure no more immigrants come into the country unless there is truly a need for their skill(s) because I doubt that the government will be able to keep up with the cost of Centrelink payments and they will not be able to build enough Housing Commission properties for everyone that needs a roof over their head. if things keep going the way they are chances are many more people will be homeless.

  • i agree with dick smith. but where can i air my views? in the media? not a chance, anything out of line with n.w.o. thinking is vetoed. the media is the biggest problem the world faces for ‘the pen is mightier than the sword’.

    we are being dictated to by the U.N. charter whereby, under the various oz signatories we are compelled to take refugees. and provide for them. a noble objective but devoid of common sense. but as we took the land from the original inhabitants what can we say? the aborigines knew the land and lived WITH it. they understood the ‘oneness’ of it all. all is one and one is all. so today we are faced with a huge problem : how to fix the broken wheel? many commentators here suggest the virtual guillotine for certain politicians. we live in a democracy. mr. plato reckons that democracy is a pathway to hell. winnie churchill reckoned that the reason he dislikes democracy is that one should spend five minutes talking politics to am east ender of london, but then he said that there is really no other form of government that is better.

    land of oz? we need many hundreds of thousands more dick smiths! and if we are gonna have even a smaller amount of population ‘growth’ then lets inhabit a bit more of our inland. we cannot have 99% living within 50kms of the coast anymore. but the average oz will not leave the suburbs because they are not equipped for rural life.

    cheers,

  • Unfortunately SBS, ABC and all the funding bodies seem hell bent on destroying Australian culture under the guise of diversity and inclusion.

  • Dick Smith’s comments aren’t racist. They might seem racist to some, but thes epeople are shallow minded. On the other hand, what is racist about not wanting racist people come to your country? The other day i saw at a school ground oval near Perth where i live two teams playing soccer and their supporters – all of whom were afro-american. I was astonished to see not a single white person involved in the game or nearby. Reverse racism has become something we need to now look at – where in Australia, its worse if you are an australian, and recieve less support and housing and more because you are either white, or where born here. In Perth, we have the asian area of Northbridge. If you go into all the cafe’s and restaurants you probably will not find a single Anglo-saxon working there. Like i say, reverse racism is a reality – many labour hire companies discriminate against you if your an Australian – in your own bloody country! I don’t think its racist, to not want racist people coming to Australia. Multiculturalism is an over idealistic idea that will see over a period of time the loss of minor cultures in a web of cultures where the most racist will survive. In that said, we have no choice but to think about our own race, our own culture, as a fan of species diversity that i am, how can all human species continue to live if we all live in Multicultiralism? Evolution tells us that over time the minority race disappears – we have 1% of Neanderthal DNA mixed with our own – did multiculturalism work for the Neanderthals? When it comes to apes, gorillas and chimps, we all want to see them continue living on, but for some reason, when it comes to humans, minor races and species of human we wipe out. The American Indians are but one example of an advanced thinking people in harmony with life who have lost most of their original tribes and people. Multiculturalism will be the death of us all, over time, to the major species of hominids, which is asian and Indian, then muslim and so on. I want to see species diversity continue, that means each species needs their own “space” to exist, uninterupted. The business paradigm cares nothing for anything but more money. Dick Smith is on the ball, though growth itself is not the problem- its how we use growth that fails us all. Growth, in terms of mental health, is in fact the answer to every problem. It takes balls to stand up as Dick is – good on ya Dicky – you’re a star.

    • Very disappointed with your views Mr Smith. No reasonable person would view the views of Pauline Hanson and her supporters as being anything else but racist. I encourage you to read the views you are giving oxygen to. A great disappointment.

    • Good to see Dick has balls. Most politicians would agree with him but are too scared of being called a racist. It has nothing to do with skin colour or religion so it is not racist. It is about an ever increasing population pushing up house prices to the point that our children will never be able to buy one. Road congestion that is getting worse by the day. Surely the unemployment rate would drop if there were less people. I have seen a lot of locals made redundant, only to be replaced by someone from India who hardly speak English. My grandson tried to get into a selective school. He was top of his year but was told that there wasn’t a vacancy. I recently drove past the school in the afternoon and without a lie 95% of students leaving were Indian or Asian. I might be starting to sound racist myself but I am not, which is my point. We should not have to pay for other countries poor management. Vote 1 Dick for Prime Minister

    • Iv’e seen this sort of thing before! Very subtle remarks that are clever in there intent to actually incite racism! I’m old enough to remember exactly this sort of thing being directed at Italian and Greek migrants in the 1950’s and against the Vietnamese in the late 60’s early 70’s! Tom may even mean well, but he has a go at a soccer team with no ‘whites’ in it and imply’s ‘reverse racism’ He claims they were Afro American? Did he question them to find out that they were American?..Instead he claims they were “Afro” Americans!..Then he seems to become very offended because he cannot find a white Anglo type working in a cafe or restaurant!..He them appears to start on the ‘white race’ being bred out by multiculturalism!..I don’t know about you..But i’m beginning to get a picture here!..Think about it?

  • A problem here is that the closet racists may be attracted to your argument and drag your position too far to the right. Preaching to the converted such as old white aussies, will lose you traction with younger progressive generations. Attracting a younger and more diverse type of people to the argument will be important to the success of this campaign.

    • Bit damning of “old white aussies (sic)”. I’m an old, white Australian and I, like most of my friends and known contemporaries, am still very progressive. Have you evidence to show that age is a factor in identifying racists, or are you just ageist?

    • Young people need to think of this debate in terms of housing affordability and quality of life. Australia was a much better place when a couple could buy a house in 5 years and take 30 minutes to drive to work

    • Well said. It’s a good point. Sadly I still believe the bias out there is so strong it won’t matter but it’s worth applying for sure.

    • How can you be so bigoted? I am an “Old white Aussie” who believes we are all human beings living on a finite planet, a lot of us “Old White Aussies” do.

      Never confuse the people who make the decisions with the people who don’t have the power to make change.

      Our leaders are the ones who need to learn that people are more important than money, religion, and everything else that they use to divide us. Because, at the moment, only THEY can effect real change.

    • While i basically agree with Dick..He is a progressive thinker which probably baffles and confuses our current pack of ‘party political animals’! And having watched the SBS interview, i didn’t see any racism come from him!..Some people get to ‘precious’ methinks!..Word of well meant warning..Beware of the conspiracy people who will leap at a site like this and start to promote crazy, even insane conspiracy’s all over the website!..Got a funny feeling it won’t work here though, intelligence and thought seems to reign!….But oh, they will try..Illuminati and lizard men, Climate change is a NASA and Chinese plot!..If you ignore them, they become incensed and go away!..Stick with Dick, he is beginning to make sense and will, no doubt offend a lot of the “Powers that be”!

  • Well written Dick Smith as always. One Man for Australia…. I agree that the immigration Policy has to be Stopped and reorganised to such an extent that if it needs to be abolished So Be it.. There has to be Jobs created and new Industry brought back into this Country; This New World Order is absolute chaos and should never have even been started in the first place. I can remember hearing about this on a tape in the 60,s and My Blood ran cold listening to it. Keep up the good work ….. People are listening to you. God Bless you for having the insides to stand up for what you believe in and that is Australia.

  • I agree, but we need this more at a world level reducing population growth than Australian level. The world needs to reduce the unsustainable drive for more people to feed the pockets of our capitalist society. With out more consumers companies like Apple, Google, Amazon and so on would go out of buisness.

  • BTW, thankyou Dick. Truly a man with integrity. As they say judge a person by what they do, not what they say. For 5 years the major party politicians have uttered some faux concern about runaway house prices and its affect on housing affordability, yet did nothing – nothing – about it. I so hope that your campaign will gain sufficient traction that enough people of Australia with ‘get it’ so to make a meaningful difference in policies of political parties if they wish to survive let alone govern in future. SBS, et al have debunked nothing regarding the housing crisis – this is just vested interests pushing their own agenda. The very things that have spurred house price rises are: high net immigration, illegal but implicitly politically sanctioned buying of Australian residential real estate by foreigners (consider real estate agents in the past actively promoting established properties to foreigners – hardly concealed violation of the law, with no repercussions), the World Bank (I think the World Bank) view that Australia with its lack of anti money laundering laws has made Australia for years a haven for laundering proceeds of crime and corruption via Australian real estate; and, the vast influx of 457 visa workers that is nothing short of treachery by our politicians on its own people, which also denies Australians first right to Australian jobs. (Youth don’t have the skilss? Train them!!). Crucially, the housing crisis is a mere kernel of what it will be when today’s politicians are living fat off the taxpayer teat with their non-age or means tested pensions. There are many kids now wondering how the heck they can afford a house where work is, with many many more kids that will one day face this scary prospect. a legacy of today’s political ideology which in substance both LNP, ALP and to a far too signficicant extent also the Greens subscribe to.

  • Even Dick treads carefully. Lets get to the bedrock of the problem: how did housing affordability become a problem?
    Well, it is the increase in price of a house – not value as the real estate lobby calls it, its just price. Ergo, the problem is price. The answer must be then be found similarly in price. I speak for myself and many, but I guess not everyone: I’d be happy to see my house halve in price along with the rest of the national market. Why? My kids! In simplistic terms, with 2 kids, for every dollar the housing market reduces in price is a dollar that each of my kids won’t have to scrounge to buy their own future security. That is, as a family unit, for each dollar the market falls in price is $2 of VALUE the wealth of my family unit gains. Make no mistake, house price rises make most of us, not riche. Those that benefit are only the significant holders of real estate – the politicians and their future employers after politics. Consider Sustainable Australia as a worthy political party. Don’t rely on election promises of the LNP as regards factors affecting housing policy, including immigration, sanctioned illegal foreign investment, etc. If they were genuine, they would push policy through now. Don’t rely on ALP either. Except at the trivial periphery, they are just as undemocratic in principle as LNP as regarding housing these housing policy factors.

    • @Andy, while I appreciate your sentiment in favour of halving the price of your house, what you do not address is that people will then have a home loan that will be greater than the value of their house. This means financial ruin for the majority of Australians.

      Sydney and Melbourne are currently looking at this potential bleak prospect because their house prices are overpriced especially when compared to say Brisbane. I shudder to think about the consequences should the predicted house price adjustment ever occurs in Sydney.

      What I am also concerned about is what the fallout will be from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in terms of Qld house prices. Unless we get on top of the Population/Immigration control issue things will never improve.

  • I agree with everything Dick has said. I dont think he should be accused of racism, as we ARE becoming too way over populated! Everything in our country is a huge mess! Electricity prices are too stupidly high, way beyond our affordable means!!! I agree Dick should stand to be the PM. We need him. I have always liked and respected Dick n his video here proves why. Keep up the good work Dick.

  • I am a Greens party member but wish they were as outspoken on this issue as you, Dick. I agree with everything you have said.
    It is patently obvious that increasing our population by 250,000 people per year – three times more than the long term average from 1900 to 2000 – will lead to overcrowding and infrastructure failure. And high house prices.
    Reduce immigration to a sensible number – say 60,000 people per year – and we might have a chance of keeping up the infrastructure and maintaining a semblance of our standard of living.
    I also agree on Dick’s recommendations on negative gearing, capital gains tax discounts and land tax to make houses more affordable.
    This stuff affects my vote.

    • I was thinking of joining the Greens party since they do seem a bit saner than the major political parties and I want to contribute to the national debate. However, I sent the Greens party a question via their website about their immigration policy and never received a replay. Now I know why.

      Yes we should treat refugees humanely and no we should not express racist views about our fellow Australians, but an immigration policy has nothing to do with refugees or racism. In fact I believe that the whole “Stop The Boats” sloganeering is a smoke screen that is designed to block any serious debate about immigration levels.

  • I agree population is a big problem and needs to be addressed I enjoyed reading your book on the subject. I think SBS are way off track on this and without context can’t comment further. You have been attacked by The Australian news paper in the past because you called for a population policy so seems you cant win being attacked by the left and the right. I offer one explanation comments like this in the comments here “Unfortunately our Western Society are so accepting of multiculturalism that we are then branded when we wish to preserve our morals.” are so loaded people ascribe the messaging to you? I do when I read the likes of Andrew Bolt and their messaging. We are in such a charged political world people can’t differentiate. Any way keep up the good work you have always been an inspiration to me.

  • We do not need more immigration .There is not enough resources to feed and water them all .With power, water and gas becoming unaffordable to the average Joe Blow on a low wage and getting taxed out of his ears, and the evil Julie Bishop wasting tax payers money cavorting around the world handing out Billions of dollars and at the same time making the interest bill unaffordable for future generations to come. Malcome and Julie have insulted Australians and how dare they renig on the money promised to cyclone Debbie victims .They both need whipping for the distain they have shown our own country while pandering to the Islamic countries.. Nothing short of a double dissolution is required by the Governor General and hopefully the present government, labour and the Greens are all voted out due to their being traitors by trying to make us a third world country

  • The problem is that the discussion mixes several issues. I agree it is necessary to have a proper discussion about how many people Australia can carry in a sustainable way, renewable energy,
    no fossil fuels, no land clearing and about taxation laws like negative gearing,capital gains tax and family trusts. Does the present income or wealth distribution really give everybody a fair go ?/The question is also if the quarter acre block is still appropriate for some parts of our major cities. Do we want to spread our cities more and more , loose green space and create more and more traffic?
    Somebody at SBS is shooting from the hip.

    • media is controlled by the big boys……… whatever the big boys want to push towards the NWO, the controlled media will push………… never the truth like Dick Smith speaking up about what is true, they will bag it out

  • Totally agree Dick. I had myself sterilised at 26 yo. in 1976, after having 2 children the youngest 5.
    The Greens have totally departed from their environmental based philosophy. Population has a tremendous impact on the environment, farming, housing, infrastructure. The worst example locally was the clearing of hectares of native bush for a 4 km extension of the Roe highway.

    I voted for the Sustainable Australian Population party at the last election.

    Unfortunately our Western Society are so accepting of multiculturalism that we are then branded when we wish to preserve our morals. ideals and aspirations for our children and grandchildren.
    The Media in all it’s aspects plays to sensationalism now, some worse than others.
    No wonder there is the trend towards Nationalistic attitudes

  • Dick, I respect and agree totally with your comments, you touch on what the problem really is, and it hits a raw nerve, mainly because it is true, and others know it, but won’t own it!!

  • Good work Dick Smith,

    Perhaps don’t take the attacks from SBS personally, or even legitimize them with a reply until you hear some reasonable arguments from qualified people.

    It’s merely a social justice warrior rant,
    They attack because of who you are, not what you say.

    A Social Justice Warrior (SJW) can be any person that claims affliction or persecution in-order to give their opinions immunity from criticism or rational debate.

    “I am handicapped, so I must be correct”.

    Ironically, In their rush to attack you, SBS is supporting a flawed, ‘western’, economic system, as well as indirectly contributing to destruction of our forests and extinction of our wildlife.
    Essentially, SBS is a mouth-piece for property developers.

  • Our version of Capitalism is a fundamentally flawed system as its very existence depends on continuous growth of our economy, which in turn depends upon our population forever expanding to create demand for goods and services.
    No government, especially no Liberal government, is ever going to have policy that limits, stifles, or in any way controls population growth.

    Political correctness gone mad is part of the problem, as no-one feels able to speak out about the problems caused by immigration accelerating our population growth to an un-sustainable level.

    The reason why the suburban backyard is a thing of the past is down to greed pure and simple. Developers, local governments, service providers etc. make far more money from smaller blocks than they possibly could from the old traditional “Quarter acre” blocks of my childhood, which I remember with much appreciation and fondness.

    The old Aussie culture is very purposefully being reshaped into something that I find alienating and strange.
    To my mind, the culture and lifestyle of days gone by was far better than what we are tuning into now, and you are correct, it was based on a decent sized backyard where kids could play footy and cricket, build cubby houses, dig holes, climb trees, and where people could grow fruit trees and vegetables for themselves and stay in touch with nature.
    The natural world even had a bit of a chance because there were enough trees in backyards to keep many wild bird populations, insects, frogs etc happy enough to stay around for kids to explore and adults to enjoy.

    We are turning into a army of workers, slaves to the people who make obscene profits from poorly paid workers who have no choice but to work for peanuts because they will sink if they don’t.

    Imagine how much less tax the working man and small businesses would have to pay, if the massive profits of the Commonwealth Bank, the formerly State owned banks, Telstra etc. were going into general revenue, instead of the hands of investors and CEOs, yet still we have governments wanting to privatise privatise privatise!!!

    As I find myself often saying these days, I am so glad I am on the way out, not on the way in, and god help the future generations if the madness continues.

    Keep up the good work Dick,
    Kind Regards,
    Phill Trott.

    • Phill it sounds like you are around the same age as me I agree with all you have said, I just hope THEY don’t shut him down, I worked full time for 53 years my wife and I raised three kids and owned our first home and now our current home, in 2003 I was given six months(lung cancer) . When I look and listen to all that has changed I believe self serving polies for many many years have created the problems we have now and the current lot just don’t get it, we have had enough, I fought very hard to survive but have often been quoted as saying( Id rather
      be on the way out than on the way in.) If they don’t take the things we leave our kids it will be the only way they will own their own homes, god help those less fortunate.
      God bless and good luck Dick.

  • Dick in the murky world of politics and populism coupled with the inability to separate reason from emotion, you’re going to have to get used to it. With so many immigrants in Australia population limits will automatically be viewed some as racist. Not helped by the inability of people to disagree in an agreeable manner.

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