Letters to the editor June 12 2018

SKYSCAPE: Nature at it’s most beautiful by Russel Byrne. Send us your photos to letters@illawarramercury.com.au or post to our Facebook page.
SKYSCAPE: Nature at it’s most beautiful by Russel Byrne. Send us your photos to letters@illawarramercury.com.au or post to our Facebook page.


Minister for Jobs and Innovation Michaela Cash may well be on solid ground with her refusal to attend the Federal Court to give evidence in the AWU raids fiasco.  Senator Cash, as is the situation for any other Australian citizen, can seek to have a court issued subpoena set aside on a number of grounds. Included among such grounds are _

  1. That by giving evidence could pose a threat to the national interest.  
  2. That by giving evidence could be self-incriminating.

Option 2 on face value, would appear to be the option most problematic for the senator.  If Minister Cash’s strident declarations of innocence do in fact have substance, a reasonable person would expect senator Cash to be demanding “her day in court” rather than seeking to avoid it.

Senator Cash’s fight against obeying the Federal Court subpoena has cost Australian taxpayers $600,000 with an expectation of this amount increasing by some thousands of taxpayer dollars with each passing day.  For how much longer will Prime Minister Turnbull allow this expensive ego trip by senator Cash raid the public purse?

Barry Swan, Balgownie


In reply to the letter by Ben Morris, `When The Law Is The Law’ (Illawarra Mercury, June 4, 2018),  congratulations to Ben Morris for putting Doug Steley and Reg Wilding in their place after their respective attempts to use child sex abuse as a catalyst to attack the Catholic Church on Canon Law and the seal of the Confession. In his letter “Sentence Long Overdue’ (Thursday, May 31, 2018) Mr Wilding states: "The influence of religion is being undermined by knowledge that is factually based not restricted to the dogma of church or an ideology."

However, knowledge from the socialist/communist perspective is false while dismissing religion and expressing an intolerant view of Christians and the teachings of the Holy Catholic Church.  The socialist doctrines of Marxism punishes virtue, encourages envy, stealing and promotes class warfare, destroys marriage and family, and holds a totally narrow minded and restrictive view of the world based solely on materialism.

Adrian Devlin, Fairy Meadow


In a political only exercise, the elected victors of the ballot box, who are forever reminding us of their dedication to the Australian way of life, are now jumping up and down over the performance of Australia's

Superannuation funds and the poor management of many investors contributions.  Australian working women can look forward to taking away a great deal less from their retirement portfolio compared with their male counterparts.  Before many workers can even get a sniff of retirement financial security away from the pension, we must abolish the inequality of pay to women workers. Everyone should be employed in an equal pay environment for every job in the community. Discrimination against Australian women workers must end now.  We have “supermanuation”, not “superannuation”, as funds for our women are only a financial insult and far from being a fair system for everyone.

Dave Cox, Corrimal



Most of the Maldon-Dombarton alignment is freindly to a "reasonably fast" train. Around 180-200Km/hr. It would take no more than incremental improvements to have a fast train that would get you from Wollongong to Campbelltown in 25 minutes. In other words, a faster version of SWIRL. That would out-compete car travel and take reduce congestion on Picton and Appin roads.

_ Russell


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