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Baby Tax

An Australian medical “expert” is calling for a $5000 tax for newborn babies and a carbon tax of $800 per child.  He goes continues with something even more absurd:

Professor Walters, clinical associate professor of obstetric medicine at the University of Western Australia and the King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth, called for condoms and “greenhouse-friendly” services such as sterilisation procedures to earn carbon credits.

And he implied the Federal Government should ditch the $4133 baby bonus and consider population controls like those in China and India.

Professor Walters said the average annual carbon dioxide emission by an Australian individual was about 17 metric tons, including energy use.

“Every newborn baby in Australia represents a potent source of greenhouse gas emissions for an average of 80 years, not simply by breathing but by the profligate consumption of resources typical of our society,” he wrote.

So, who are we going to be saving this planet for?  Obviously not “the children” because this guy wants to penalize you for having children.  He even encourages “population controls like those in China and India.”  Are you kidding me?  He wants you to be sterilized so you can get carbon credits.  This seems a bit overboard, even for the global warming crowd to me.  At least Australian Family Association spokeswoman Angela Conway has some common sense:

“I think self-important professors with silly ideas should have to pay carbon tax for all the hot air they create,” she said. “There’s masses of evidence to say that child-rich families have much lower resource consumption per head than other styles of households.

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