They’ve chosen a corridor through an area that includes Oxley, Darra, Durack and Pallara that is sparsely populated and doesn’t contain many buildings, but I have to wonder if they just looked on the map and drew a line through that area because it lacks houses?
Because the entire corridor they’ve selected was under five to 10 metres of water during the 2011 floods, and some parts flood every year when the rain is heavy (which explains the scarcity of buildings). Are they going to put the train line on a 10-metre-high embankment?
Older people are working plenty — for free
Beryce Nelson writes: Re. “‘No one wants to know you’: unemployment catch-22 for older Aussies” (Friday). With all the fuss about the need to have older people stay in the workforce has no one actually noticed that they are already there. The vast majority of people working every day and many nights to provide essential community services to the vulnerable young and the frail aged are older citizens themselves who have retired from the paid workforce to work harder for nothing. And that is often quite apart from the many hours of free childcare many of them also provide to working offspring.
The economic and social impact of their withdrawal from those activities would be horrendous yet is not even taken into account by those clever researchers at the various “think tanks” currently spruking their stuff about the cost of caring for the aged. We don’t see many Italian suits or Prada shoes in the Meals on Wheels kitchens, etc. By and large, the aged are caring for the majority of the aged and for many of the very young as well.