Letters to the editor March 12 2018

BEAUTY: Illawarra sunset by Rylee Cole. Send your pictures to letters@illawarramercury.com.au or post to our Facebook page.

BEAUTY: Illawarra sunset by Rylee Cole. Send your pictures to letters@illawarramercury.com.au or post to our Facebook page.


Regarding the Illawarra Mercury article regarding adding more poker machines and the government picking on the smaller clubs in restricting more machines, it is obvious they are trying to eliminate these smaller community ventures that feed local community needs.

I think it’s high time all clubs should be targeted and all machines withdrawn from public as they have mooted in Tasmania. But then again government coffers would suffer through this indirect tax. The gambling industry has to much control over our government.

Peter Tornaros, Oak Flats


Tanya Plibersek, good person that she is on Q&A is living by the old standards of not firing a shot before seeing the whites of their eyes.

There’s no doubt Bill Shorten is gagging her but the major parties have been playing pass the hot potato long before you were born Tanya and constituents need to know a Labor Government will close down Adani full stop … no ifs-no butts.

“We haven’t made up our mind yet” doesn’t cut it Tanya, nor “what about the jobs”?

Brian Johnson, Gymea


In reply to the letter by Matty Ryan `Absolutely Vile Behaviour (Illawarra Mercury, Tuesday, March 6, 2018) I do not necessarily disagree with Mr Ryan regarding Michaelia Cash's outburst, however the full story would help to bring some balance.

Labor Senator Doug Cameron was at his antagonistic best.

As reported across the board in major media articles "Senator Cash unreservedly withdrew her comments, and then called apon Senator Cameron to withdraw his questions about her staff arrangements which provoked the outburst".

I am not defending Senator Cash as Senator Cameron's questions did not seem unreasonable.

Further, Mr Ryan claims Cash's father was a Liberal politician, and that she was raised in a wealthy suburb while attending a private school.

So What? Currently the Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews (the most extreme left-wing socialist leader since former Labor PM Gough Whitlam) is a wealthy person who sends his children to a private school.

So, what the hell is the problem?

Adrian Devlin, Fairy Meadow


I write in reference to the Electricity Supply Act (Act No 94) 1995 (as amended) and the government’s daily 83 cent levy (on power bills).

There is nothing in the “definitions” or the Act, to explain why the levy is necessary.

For example have a look at John Howard’s 11 cent dairy products levy introduced under the Dairy Produce Legislation Amendment (Supplementary Assistance) Bill 2000-1— Page 3: “Funding for the payments is through a levy on sales of drinking milk products that will remain in place for approximately eight years. The levy is fixed at 11 cents a litre”.

The New South Wales government has done none of this. The government has slapped a tax on power bills - for the sake of it.   The tax is invalid and should be abolished and the multi-millions paid by customers refunded.

John Macleod, Berry



The person in this article is pathetic. Why is their first reaction anger? How about just bagging up the ones the old bloke wants and handing them to him. Any talk to him about appropriate times and noise control.This person really is lacking in empathy, compassion and any real humanity.

_ Richard


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