AT the end of The Bolt Report we got shown a clip of WA MP Andrew Waddell explaining crime rates:
The reality is we are not culling the young anymore. We are not sending them off to a foreign battlefield to actually kill other people and so consequently that is why they are on our streets. That’s the reality, we haven’t had a major conflict in a very long time.
Yes. Well. There you have it.
Unwanted children, the story goes, are more likely to become criminals in later life. Abortion, legalised throughout the United States by the Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade ruling in 1973, prevents unwanted pregnancies from becoming unwanted children. Higher abortion rates from the 1970s onwards thus help to explain why crime rates fell in America about two decades later.
That is probably a better hypothesis than ADF members are likely to be criminally inclined and better to send them offshore to kill others and/or be killed than have them at home. Not, however, that much better.
Update: Clip now available.