IN SHORT SUPPLY
In response to John Macleod’s letter ‘What Are We Paying For (Illawarra Mercury,December 27), I concur with the sentiment and content of the letter but it is the omissions of the letter that are of interest.
Several desalination plants were built around Australia after the rants and scare mongering of ex-American Vice President Al Gore and our own prophet of doom Tim Flannery.
The predictions of those two misguided individuals have not come to pass because climate change is a natural phenomenon and it has been going on for millions of years and will continue for many more millions of years from now.
Yes, we need to be mindful in how we treat our planet and not set off to test nuclear bombs etc but we need to build real infrastructure to ensure our survival and that includes building new dams, electricity generators that operate 24/7 not according to the weather (sunshine/wind).
We need sensible, sustainable, economically viable alternatives.
The Greens need to get their ideology and political agenda out of the way and support common sense.
But who am I kidding?
We are talking about the Greens and Socialists where common sense is in short supply.
John Ernst, Kanahooka
Very sad to read the comments made by Richard Burnett ‘Proof In The Eating’ (Illawarra Mercury, January 2 2019).
I too joined the Amalgamated Metal Workers Union at a young age.
However my time in the union and work shop floor was vastly different to Richards.
Shop floor talk in the various places that I worked consisted of the usual topics football, fishing, golf, cricket or any other sport, music, holidays, girls, women and drinking.
Talk of politics was very rarely mentioned.
For a long period of time I was an elected union delegate on the District committee of the AMWU.
Two members of this committee were members of a political party one was a Communist Party member and a Union Organiser, the other was a Socialist Party member and a elected delegate.
Neither of these gentleman spoke about their political beliefs during union business and very rarely outside of union business.
The longest and toughest campaign that we were involved in was a combined unions campaign against changes to workers compensation laws which was being introduced by the NSW Barrie Unsworth Labor Party Government.
Nothing since has come close to this struggle against a Labor Government.
In regards to the Whitlam Government, Richard’s comments are off the mark.
Rex Connors Snr’s attempts to borrow billions of dollars to buy the farm back failed.
No loan was ever raised. Gough Whitlam was sacked by Sir John Kerr and not voted out.
Frank Tecza, Dapto
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