Article right on the mark
Congratulations must go to Fairfax Journalist John Birmingham for his Insight article, ‘Reasons I’m voting ‘No’ on same sex marriage’ (Illawarra Mercury, Wednesday, September 27, 2017).
In all of the commentary and column inches expended on the $122M waste of taxpayer monies which is the non-compulsory, non-binding postal survey on marriage equality, John Birmingham’s ‘’belling of the cat’’ was not only amusing but ‘’right on the mark’’.
The Turnbull Government is not genuinely seeking to obtain the mood of the electorate on marriage equality; instead it is blatantly avoiding having to take a position of its own in parliament on marriage equality!
Our government appears never to require knowledge of the electorate’s mood before putting up taxes, or committing us to unwinnable foreign wars, nor upon whether or not judges and politicians get pay rises; so why the urgent need to it seek it on social equality?
Unless of course, the prime objective is to rely upon our traditional apathy ensuring a ‘’no’’ vote gets up and they can then ‘’kick the question of marriage equality down the road’’ for a few more years!
Barry Swan, Balgownie
Disputing climate claims
In response to the letter by Dave Schmidt ‘Researched facts that contradict’ (Illawarra Mercury, Wednesday, September 27, 2017) Mr Schmidt seems to totally support the imposition of cultural Marxism with a Stalinist ideology on the issues of climate change, renewable energy and the ABC.
Like all climate activists Mr Schmidt denies the pause in global warming over the past two decades which has been acknowledged by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Senior meteorological scientist, James Belanger states ‘’The two essential ingredients in every hurricane are warm water (measured on the ocean surface) and moist warm air. That is why hurricanes begin in the tropics’’. In addition, Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 with the peak period from August to October which is a well known historical fact and not subject to how many times some climate messiah mentions it.
So, Mr Schmidt supports the closure of coal-fired power stations and ignores the advances in clean coal technology. He even apologises for the Greens rampant anti-coal campaign.
The truth is government subsidies for renewable energy are encouraging investment in wind and solar energy, while pricing coal-fired power stations out of the market. If however, the subsidies for renewable energy were removed then coal-fired power stations would win hands down.
Adrian Devlin, Fairy Meadow
A load of rubbish
May I start by showing my disgust in regards to the charges for dumping rubbish. I dumped some rubbish at white gully tip last weekend and was charged $53.00. majority of the waste was that of carpet and under felt.
The chap at the station noticed that I had a single mattress to get rid off and boldly stated that there is an additional charge of $35.00, I told him that I would take it back home.
Now I'll ask for the rubbish to be picked up free of charge and the rubbish will be placed on the kerb, it ironic that if you're prepared to take the rubbish yourself you have to pay yet you can put it out the front and it gets picked up free (but is it free?) Council would have to pay the company and or council to pick it up.
It's a disgusting situation, why don't the rate payers get free tickets to dump rubbish the same as Shoalhaven.
All we seem to do is pay rates and get nothing in return. It's no wonder people dump rubbish anywhere they can.
Max Schouten, Dapto