Just been doing the sums on how to save the world, whilst eradicating world poverty, and think the answer is increasing the asylum intake. If an australian buys a $30,000 car, after 5 years the car is worth $10,000. In addition, by tying up $30,000 for 5 years, the owner will forgo approx $9,000 in interest. Thus the car costs $29,000 over 5 years. $5800 per year. At 20000 kilomteres per year (55 kilomteres per day), a car that runs at 10 litres to 100 kilometres will use 2000 litres per year @$1.40 per litre = $2800 a year. $2800 petrol $5800 depreciation and lost interest $1500 maintenance $2000 insurance and rego $12100 a year to run or 60.5 cents a kilometre. On the other hand A rickshaw can be had for $1000. The average person can walk 6 kilometres per hour (maybe run 10 kilometres per hour), thus by every australian having their own rickshaw driver, we could employ millions for $3 to $6 per hour. Remembering that a large percentage of third world live on less than $2 a day. And at the same time we could cut down our dependance on non renewable resources. Drive the car 10 k's to work at a cost of $6.50 (and $20 parking fee). Nah take the rickshaw for $5 instead (read the paper, finish breakfast, have a sleep) Old ladies get taxi 3 kilometres home from shops at $7. Nah take the rickshaw for $2 instead The asians are going the wrong way.