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Peaceful: Wollongong Harbour on Good Friday afternoon by Donna Dickson. Send your pictures to letters@illawarramercury.com.au or post to our Facebook page.

Peaceful: Wollongong Harbour on Good Friday afternoon by Donna Dickson. Send your pictures to [email protected] or post to our Facebook page.


Employees of Delta SBD are confronting a dilemma not of their making.

It is one which has been created by Delta SBD; one of a number of “body hire” companies servicing the coal industry.

The use of “body hire” operators has become very popular with coal companies. Employing casual labour can be less costly than retaining a permanent workforce; particularly so, if the “price is right”.

This in turn has led to a race to the bottom among the “body hire” operators. In many instances to secure a contract, “body hire” operators have cut their profit margin to the bone; while negotiating for work well beyond their capacity to achieve.

Unfortunately, with less than 60 per cent of the coal industry unionised; militant industrial actions being taken to address the industrial shortcomings of “body hire” operators remain unlikely.  

Leaving only the discussions underway between the mining union and the administrator to possibly assist the Delta SBD workers.

Barry Swan, Balgownie


Dear Senator Roberts (and your followers)

Yes science and scientist need to be sceptical, yes they need to ask questions and check facts,

However after asking the questions and checking the facts they then need to believe in the good, sound, reasoned, tested and checked scientific evidence (dare I say empirical evidence).

Denying facts and refusing to accept evidence because it does not fit your beliefs is not science.

What you have done Senator is set out to find evidence that supports your personal beliefs, that is not science either.

Yes be skeptical, always ask questions, but always be prepared to accept the answers that science gives.  Change your opinions to fit the facts rather than trying to change the facts to fit your opinions.

Doug Steley, Heyfield

John Hewson writes, “Storm brewing and Trump is at centre” (Illawarra Mercury, June 2, 2017). Trump’s withdrawal from the world agreement to reduce global warming means the storm has arrived. It is time for action.

The decision by the world to save the planet for the next generations also recognises a world that has moved on. Coal is not at the centre of today’s energy technology. The natural resources wind and sun have replaced it.

A truth that is recognised across the political spectrum and by the corporate sector. This unique consensus that is addressing global warming creates an opportunity to address the social problems that new technology causes.

The mass working work force needed to produce coal is not needed. Solar energy and wind turbines are not powered by the labour of coal miners. It also means a loss of the mega profits that their labour produced that has produced a minority rich upper class.

It is that minority that is opposing a change that will mean cheaper energy. And importantly has the potential to produce a more inclusive society.

Reg Wilding, Wollongong


One of the most obscure and totally unnecessary government  traditions must be The Valuer General’s Department. All they seem to do is churn out fictitious figures which guess the value of a property and get our council rates jacked up year after year.

In fact they cause nothing but hardship to struggling home buyers and use a formula that even Dr Jekyll wouldn’t try on himself. Whilst Gladys the Gloom plays musical chairs with the emergency services levy, why doesn’t she abolish the Valuer General and set a standard value of forty cents for every square metre of residential property owned by ratepayers?. It seems that our national anthem should be Advance Australia Unfair.

Dave Cox, Corrimal