Letters to the editor September 14 2017

SPINY FRIEND: A sunny Sunday afternoon by Jane Luscombe.  Send us your photos to letters@illawarramercury.com.au or post to our Facebook page.
SPINY FRIEND: A sunny Sunday afternoon by Jane Luscombe. Send us your photos to letters@illawarramercury.com.au or post to our Facebook page.


After watching our leader on the telly talking about electricity prices he was seen to be struggling with the simplicity of lowering our bills.

After calling in the power company bosses, he comes up with a gem of an idea. They will write to all of you that are on a wrong plan.

That to me is simply stupid.  I don't think Malcolm Turnbull knows what a plan looks like. Let's be honest here, all he as to do is lower the cost per unit. That's a simpler idea.

Why doesn't he take a leaf out of Trump’s book, and work for the minimum wage? He is after all a multi-millionaire isn't he?  Donate your salary to the electricity company. They need all the help they can get.

Lawrence Wren, Fairy Meadow


In response to the letter by Dave Schmidt ‘Being rational’ (Illawarra Mercury, Saturday, September 02, 2017), the Catholic Church is not anti-scientific.

It has supported scientific endeavors for centuries. During Galileo's time, the Jesuits had a highly respected group of astronomers and scientists in Rome. In addition, many notable scientists received encouragement and funding from the church and from church officials.

Mr Schmidt thinks he has the upper hand because he mentions the Inquisition? Well, to non-Catholics it is a scandal while to Catholics an embarrassment, to both a confusion. It is a handy stick for Catholic-bashing, simply because most Catholics seem at a loss for a sensible reply.

Here are some quick corrections concerning popular falsehoods and misunderstandings.

1. The Inquisition was originally welcomed to bring order and also to clear the good names of many people who were falsely accused of being heretics.

2. The courts of the Inquisition were extremely fair compared to their secular counterparts at the time.

3. During 350 years of the Spanish Inquisition between 3000-5000 people were put to death. Which is about one per month.

4. The Church never executed anyone.

Catholics tend to be defensive when it come to attacks on the Inquisition. However, this is the wrong attitude; rather, we should learn what really happened, understand events in light of the times and then explain to anti-Catholics why the sorry tale does not prove that the Catholic Church is illegitimate.

Adrian Devlin, Fairy Meadow


The Government’s current dispute with the head of AGL Andy Vesey, over AGL’s decision to close the Liddell power plant in 2022 is amusing. For more than a decade power generators have warned our politicians that this was coming. The improving technology related to renewable energy and the global imperative of reducing emissions has made it inevitable.

The need for coal fired power to be replaced by renewables has not just become evident recently.  It’s just been ignored for many years for political reasons.

Coalition MP Matt Canavan’s criticism of AGL’s decision to close Liddell on the grounds that it’s about boosting profits, rather than protecting the energy system and saving the planet, is particularly ironic. What would he expect? AGL didn’t cause the problem.

The now well established policy of governments to sell off private assets, especially those of strategic industries, to the private sector, is now clearly proving to be short sighted and not in the national interest. Chickens do come home to roost.

John Martin, Woonona


Winx has won 19 straight against some of the super stars of the turf. “Halal Mal” has lost 19 straight against very mediocre opposition. Winx for PM.

D J Preece, Balgownie