Letters to the editor February 13 2017

BREAKING THROUGH: A Helensburgh sunrise by Noel Kendall.  Send your image to letters@illawarramercury.com.au or tag us via @illawarramerc.
BREAKING THROUGH: A Helensburgh sunrise by Noel Kendall. Send your image to letters@illawarramercury.com.au or tag us via @illawarramerc.


That the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has declared the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong to be among the top five of serious offenders will be a cause of grave concern to all citizens of this city.

Irrespective of their religious or non- religious beliefs. 

That parents should be able to entrust to others the provision of safe educational and or pastoral care of their children is the keystone of a functional Australian society. 

Thankfully the Royal Commission has revealed the frightening reality that in this region, the church hierarchy has both ignored or concealed evidence of child sexual abuse. 

That this was done apparently, to protect both the image and the financial coffers of the Church is contemptible. 

For the tragic reality of their actions is that it has enabled a continuance of the sexual abuse of innocent children by deviant members of their clergy.

Barry Swan, Balgownie


Utter hypocrisy is all that comes from the mouth of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

He never mentions the upheaval forced upon the Australian people by the selling off of the once good and reliable electricity supply grid by his own party.

Everyone is paying more and more for electricity and our electricity meter is now nothing more than a financial pain meter.

The privatization of our power industry sees greedy overseas companies grabbing more money from the grid than they are investing back in.

Base load is nothing more than base line profit.

Alternative electricity supplies are totally reliant on wind and sun, but with coal poisoning our atmosphere, Turnbull refuses to encourage any truly worthwhile investment in renewable energy.

Politicians are just as bad as ever in Australia.

We should do what Russia did a century ago – get rid of a useless capitalist system and start all over again.

It’s time for people to matter again.

Dave Cox, Corrimal


On Wednesday, had you closed your eyes and sat back and listened, one could have easily mistaken Turnbull for fiery performances with vintage Costello and Keating when in full flight.  However, will a solo performance save Turnbull?

D J Preece, Balgownie


I am a disabled war veteran who made four submissions to the recent Senate enquiry into the Department of Veteran Affairs and veteran suicides  and was denied a voice.

Given that my submissions involved military corruption and the concomitant psychological damage done to veterans as a result, I can only conclude that this enquiry was nothing more than a fanciful, farcical waste of public money that did nothing more than give the senators concerned a bit of publicity and pocket money.

Don Tate, Albion Park Rail


I have just read the report on the strike action taken by Delta SBD employees at Appin Colliery.  It states that it was a difficult time for the workers being on strike over the Christmas period.  However these workers were paid strike pay by their union, the CFMEU.

Spare a thought for the workers at Mastermyne who were sacked and went nine weeks without any pay at all.

All these workers are starting back shortly but the Mastermyne employees have suffered  a lot more than the Delta workers.  Why couldn't the CFMEU help them out as well?

Keith Norris, Bellambi


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