Raise consent age to 21

BACK in the last century – in the 1970s – one of the first Bills passed by former Labor Prime Minister Gough Whitlam’s Government was lowering of the age of consent from 21 years to 18.
 
A good ploy to get more votes – fair enough.
 
Now we have two of the biggest problems facing our society today – under-age drinking and the excessive debt incurred by the younger generation.
 
No longer do they need mum or dad’s permission to get a loan to buy a car or get that slab of beer or bottle of whisky.
 
Are there are any real honest and fair dinkum politicians around who are really concerned, regardless of their political beliefs – red, white, blue or whatever?
 
If so, they can solve the problem in part, as have many other countries and some US states, by putting the age of consent back to 21.
 
While not curing the problem, it has helped.
 
Political correctness has gone mad and old-fashioned values and respect have gone down the drain, although even the drains aren’t big enough in many places.
 
Some ‘pollies’ might take notice and get fair bloody dinkum – just a thought.
Neil Fancourt
Toodyay


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