Letters to the Editor, Illawarra Mercury April 16, 2018.

Pollies treated differently

When most good people go anywhere for business they have to pay out of their own pockets first then get back some of the money back with receipts. Why are politicians different?

Bill Shorten was caught racking up $40,000 on comcars in just over 5 months, but what about foreign minister Julie Bishop as a lawyer she worked for the asbestos producers against those suffering from terminal asbestos illnesses and was noted for pulling delaying stunts hoping that people would die before matters ever got settled in court.

Since being in politics she has been repeatedly accused of dipping into tax payer funds. No longer satisfied with grabbing a few ten's of thousands of dollars, she is now dipping into ten's of millions of dollars giving vast donations to people who could not be described as friends of Australia or friends to any other civilised people for that matter.

Worse still she is helping to bring people into this country who have no intension of integrating and every intention of trying to destroy the Australian way of life. Meanwhile her and her cronies and Bill shorten are paying themselves more and more .

Matty Ryan, Fairy Meadow

Regulate abbattoirs

Again we have confirmed evidence of appalling treatment of animals aboard ship to the Middle East. Again it is claimed the laws have not been adhered to regarding their basic welfare en route.

It seems very little has changed over the years of this cruelty continuing, after each time it receives publicity with little if any consequence to the people responsible.

The time has long gone when this shocking trade should have been shut down and animals saved from regular further barbaric handling after arrival. Only chilled meat of any kind should be exported. Regulated abattoirs need to be promoted in Australia which would provide jobs also to people in regional areas without harming producers

Norma Horton, Victoria

How safe is skydive?

​Yet another parachute cut away over North Wollongong, this time the parachutist lands in a tree and the canopy lands in an industrial area.

Skydive in their 2009 submission stated the approach from the south is unsafe due to the turbulence created by the tall buildings in that area.  Yet over the past month we have seen at least three parachute canopies collapse resulting in the need for them to be cut away with uncontrolled falling into the area; 2 over high voltage power lines with the high risk of the public contacting them and being seriously injured.

The latest into an industrial site. If skydive cannot operate to its own risk assessments then is it time for the authorities to act to reduce the risk to the general public and stop skydiving in Stuart Park?

Ian Young, East Corrimal

Brightness: Margaret Johnston captured this bottle brush. Send us your pictures to lettesr@illawarramercury.com.au.

Brightness: Margaret Johnston captured this bottle brush. Send us your pictures to lettesr@illawarramercury.com.au.

Jobs to come at a cost

In the article "Where Wollongong lord mayor would prefer to see prison built" by Kate McIlwain, the image for surrounding developments doesnt include all the areas developments.

The Kembla Grange Estate being built along Sheaffes road will be boarding with the Western boarder of the prison. This development is only still in the early stages of release and building a prison next to the estate will significantly affect the amount of prospective buyers for the estate.

Also, Sanctury Ponds and Vista Park are both not included. Vista Park have a large new expansion in the next few years and Sanctury Ponds is still to start building. While these are further away than Kembla Grange Estate and Lynden View, the close proximity of a prison will dramatically reduce this for prospective buyers. If the prison is built it may boost the local jobs of the region but only by damaging the local property values and residential growth.

Scott MacBain, Wongawilli