WE have just seen HMAS Newcastle be decommissioned. We know this area has lost the expertise, skills of the traditional skills, boat making, shipwrights, coppersmiths etc. These trades and others were the backbone of the manufacturing industry. This industry provided younger Australians with trade qualifications that supported their families and the community with regular employment and investment in the local community. Australia will manufacture quality products, quality citizens and if the government supports our local industries we will provide Australians will fair dinkum employment.
Gerry Mohan, Shoal Bay
THERE are plenty of accidents on construction sites. If the so-called union organisers got off their backsides and did more job inspections things would be better.
Peter Gleeson, Mayfield
ALLAN Earl claims that no one has spoken up for service people more than he. Really? I've known people to dedicate their working life and much of their personal life to actually doing something other than writing to the editor. Saving lives one heart and mind at a time. And then he continues using service people as a political football for his partisan hack work. Point proven ... FYI our current government is actually about to pull out of Iraq as foreshadowed by the NZ PM's recent announcement.
Judd Nightingale, Merewether
I'M wondering how the global warming brigade can explain how coal, iron ore, gold, silver, tin, lithium and many other minerals were formed. Is there a remote possibility that these ancient minerals were formed due to a catastrophic event or were they just a result of man made global warming? The mind boggles at the intelligence of these people.
Brad Hill, Singleton
QUEEN'S birthday being just one of many public holidays where people are paid to not go to work, or paid extra to work, should be repaid with a boss's birthday: a day where workers work this day for no pay, in appreciation for providing their job. Surely the boss's birthday is more important than the Queen's, after all what has she done that deserves a day off work, and still is paid.
Carl Stevenson, Dora Creek
IN reply to Bruce Cook (Short Takes, 8/6), Bruce asks, "where the great economy ScoMo promised has gone?" Well the election showed some mysterious happenings. Anticipating Labor's win, investment tanked. Developers in Sydney were offering 15 per cent discounts on their units. Libs win, discounts removed. Queensland Labor delayed approval of Adani knowing Shorten would can it; they even flew in Al Gore (author of An Inconvenient Truth, the most inconvenient thing being none of the predictions in the book came true!) So he could drive the final stake through the heart of evil Adani. Shorten promised to take a wrecking ball through the economy, billions in new taxes, inheritance and death tax and you wonder why investment and optimism for the future fell. But hey I guess it's all ScoMo's fault.