LETTER: Free trade agreements won't help the earth

IT HAS often been said we live in interesting times, with world leaders coming up with plans to fix the economy and stimulate it to provide more jobs and growth.

There is nothing new in this, as the same ideas have been in action for the past 30 years.

The world's population has grown massively since then, so if growth in population, homes and infrastructure is the key to a prosperous economy, then we should be doing well now.

Instead, all this growth has caused more problems than it's solved.

We live on a finite earth and we are using massive amounts of fuel and coal, food supply is getting more expensive, and housing is now unaffordable for most.

Our government's answer for this is more growth and to bring in free trade agreements, which won't do a thing to help our problems.

Now we have a humanitarian crisis and Syrian people flooding into western nations, which will further compound the problems.

Our politicians' answers to all this is to increase the GST, increase power prices, increase welfare for working parents, build more freeways and increase Australia's population.

Folks, this is a nightmare. Australia is in a big enough mess already.

M CHALMERS

South Kolan



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