By sending fleets of English convicts–largely bred of a raging worldwide economic depression–out to a new colony at New South Wales from 1788, William Pitt the younger barely managed to avoid the bloody revolution that had taken place in America and was about to break out in France.
Such is the magnificence of human progress, the State of Victoria now proposes to have its criminals serve out their time in shipping containers.
During WWII, Victorian magistrate, PR Biggin, produced a booklet showing that a fatally flawed economic system was responsible for approximately 80% of Australia’s crime.
Biggin’s “The difficulties of a beak“ provides striking insights that unfortunately continue to elude today’s governments, economists and magistrates.
They lie, the men who tell us in a loud decisive tone
That want is here a stranger, and that misery’s unknown;
For where the nearest suburb and the city proper meet
My window-sill is level with the faces in the street