Letters to the editor September 24 2016


In response to the page 12 article (‘PM to Labor: Respect our mandate, people’, Illawarra Mercury, Thursday, September 15, 2016), dare I praise Prime Minister Turnbull.

However, in regards to the plebiscite on same-sex marriage, the Prime Minister is correct in a political and democratic sense.

If Labor had won by one or two seats in the election we would have their policy of a vote in parliament on same-sex marriage.

The Australian public understood Labor's policy for a parliamentary vote and the Liberals plebiscite proposal for a public vote, and the Liberals won.

In other countries where voting isn't compulsory it is easy to drum up supporters to vote "yes" and manipulate the vote.

But when its compulsory its a different story.

The only reason they do not want a plebiscite for a public vote on same-sex marriage is simply because the answer would be no.

Labor and the Greens have shown contempt for the democratic system.

Adrian Devlin, Fairy Meadow


Penny Wong says that Pauline Hanson's views are not the views of the government and she doesn't speak for them.

Sorry to say but the last time i checked, Penny Wong is an Australian politician who has represented South Australia in the Senate since 2002 , born November 5th 1968 Kota Kinabalu , Malaysia.

Some of these simpletons like Miss Wong just don't get it.

The more they try to say Senator Hanson has it wrong,  the more attention they draw to her platform  and that makes people think.

Matty Ryan, Fairy Meadow


I don't know where the HSU got the idea that Warrigal wants to employ carers from overseas in the Illawarra.

We have hundreds of applicants for our jobs and do everything we can to employ locals.

There are over 1000 new jobs in the aged care sector to be created in the next few years in this area .

Everyone who really wants the privilege of working with older people will have the best opportunity ever of securing a great career in this growing sector.

There are some roles in some Southern Highlands locations that have labour shortages and are very hard to recruit, so people from OS are also welcome to apply.

Unfortunately not everyone has the excellent customer service skills and high energy flexibility required to work for our discerning older client group.

But if you do, please give us, or one of the other great employers in this region, a call.

Mark Sewell, CEO Warrigal


For two long nights my wife and I sat and watched the well advertised documentary on Channel 9 of the murder of the child model/star who was murdered twenty years ago in the USA  with an amazing amount of commercials thrown in.

Super sleuths from other parts the world unraveling the available clues with modern technology that was not available 20 years ago.

At about the same time, allied planes bombed (in error), some army personnel in the Middle East,.

The bombings caused the death of 80-odd soldiers and hundreds more injured.

On the same channel we watched the news with our PM stating he had regrets about that. Nothing more was said.

It seems that innocent lives lost in the Middle East are not really that important or precious  to the rest of the world.

But these soldiers were all fathers and sons and had families, same as us.

It’s no wonder we have this mass exodus of refugees world wide.

John Pronk, Wollongong

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