Letters to the editor October 11 2017

ALL AT SEA:  Shipshape at Killalea by Helen Fletcher. Send us your photos to letters@illawarramercury.com.au or post on our Facebook page.
ALL AT SEA: Shipshape at Killalea by Helen Fletcher. Send us your photos to letters@illawarramercury.com.au or post on our Facebook page.

VOTE YES AND MOVE ON

Proponents of a “yes” vote in the “same sex marriage” survey are claiming that it is a simple question requiring only a simple answer and that the opposing camp is trying to muddy the waters by raising other issues such as those related to religious freedom and free speech.

They are predicting dire consequences if the “yes’ vote wins.

There are certainly ramifications related to the survey and the “no” supporters are quite entitled to question the possible consequences of a “yes” victory.

Everything we do should be judged by its consequences.

In my view however the desirable consequences of a “yes” vote far outweigh the possible downside.

More happy couples. More happy children.

The greater good for the greater number.

Let’s vote “yes” and move on from this vexatious issue.

John Martin, Woonona

STICKING TO FACTS

A fine article by Senator Kim Carr, but it is a shame that he didn't stick to the facts in its entirety.

He stated that the Liberal party goaded General Motors into quitting manufacturing vehicles in Australia, something that Bill Shorten and the Labor Party have claimed since 2013.

The fact is that late in 2013 when the Coalition was voted into Federal Parliament, during question time one day a Labor party MP asked the then Treasurer Joe Hockey if he had heard that a US published an article stating that General Motors informed them that they were going to quit manufacturing in Australia.  

Joe Hockey replied, "No I haven't heard, but they should let us know if they are staying or going".

I have looked up the definition of goading but still remain perplexed as to how they can persist in making this claim.

I don't know if General Motors held the same belief as the CEO of Toyota, he said that even with financial help from the Government they couldn't continue here as manufacturing here was far too expensive

Norm Johnston, Flinders

AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE

I watched with interest an hour of Q&A on the ABC recently, during which a panel of experts discussed the effects of advances in information technology and robotics on the prospects of work and employment for future generations.

In answer to questions on this topic from the audience, the proposition that existing jobs would disappear, but that new types of jobs would replace them was frequently put forward.  I have a problem with this glib assurance.

It will probably be true for for the bright young people in the audience who were intelligent and articulate enough to raise the questions.  It won’t be true however for those many other young people in our society with lesser skills and abilities.

Such people have always been useful members of society, taking up those necessary unskilled labouring jobs of the past and to a lesser extent the present.  The future now looks bleak for them.

For their sake the Brave New World of the future must not only revolutionise the production of goods and services, but must also develop an economic system for sharing them amongst all the members of our society.  Free enterprise Capitalism will not be the answer.

John Martin, Woonona

NEVER FORGET 

Remember when both political parties, before the last Federal election,  promised to spent $50 million on the Appin Rd?

I drove it today and I could not see one new project that has started since the last Federal election. What happened to that "promise"?

Clarence Bouma, Thirroul