Newcastle Herald Letters to the Editor: Saturday, November 11, 2017

Beware: Letter writer Stuart Benjamin, of Anna Bay, says cheap items sold online will undercut Australian businesses. Picture: Eddie Jim
Beware: Letter writer Stuart Benjamin, of Anna Bay, says cheap items sold online will undercut Australian businesses. Picture: Eddie Jim

WHILE shopping on eBay Australia recently I noticed something unusual. ebay Australia is selling new products at prices that severely undercut the price that is being offered by Australian internet and shopfront retail outlets.

When you search for the product, the image shows a face value price in Australian dollars that is much cheaper than any price being offered by any Australian retailer for the same product.

When you click on the image on ebay Australia it shows the Australian dollar amount and underneath there amount is an amount in US dollars. This means that this product is actually being purchased in the United States and is being delivered to Australia.

Therefore all profits for products purchased this way are going to the US and not Australia, as would be the case if you purchased the same product from an Australian-based retailer.

Also the US-based retailer and ebay Australia are selling this product at a much-reduced amount to undercut and remove any competition from any Australian-based retailer.

Be warned. Never accept anything on face value. If you are buying new products on ebay Australia (in US dollars) then all profits will go to the US.

Also by accepting this much-reduced price, you will be contributing to the demise of Australian retail.

If you are purchasing products this way then you have sold out to the lowest bidder without any regard for the consequences of your actions. There are a few questions you need to answer. Are you an Australian citizen or a US citizen? Do you owe your allegiance to Australia or the US? Please choose wisely and Advance Australia Fair.

Stuart Benjamin, Anna Bay


AT 11am today, the nation falls silent to honour the bravery and sacrifice of the men and women who served in defence of our country.

Almost a century ago, the Armistice with Germany that ended the first World War was signed on this day.

Remembrance Day is the day we remember the service and sacrifice of every Australian – more than 1.5 million of them – who have served in defence of our nation and values.

We also reflect on more than 102,000 Australian lives lost in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping.

A red Flanders poppy is worn on Remembrance Day to honour those who gave their lives for our country.

I encourage everyone to observe one minute’s silence and wear a red poppy to honour the memory of their service. Lest we forget.

Dan Tehan, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

Compensate businesses

WHAT a load of rubbish – if Newcastle was a safe Liberal seat, Andrew Constance wouldn't be saying George Street Sydney is not comparable to Newcastle. The businesses should be compensated (“Matter of ‘fairness’ as traders eye rent relief”, Herald, 9/11).

Use the money they are going to make selling the rail corridor to compensate the businesses. Hardly anyone used the trains, so why are they going to use the light rail? When the trains were running you didn't need to change to travel, now you will have to change at Wickham!

Have the people from Revitalising Newcastle tried walking between Auckland and Darby streets, especially on a Friday and Saturday night – especially when the drunks are out and about? You could cross the road to get away from them once, now you can’t. Try walking more than two abreast.

Wayne Ridley, Gateshead

Fair go over erosion

LAST Saturday, the Herald ran a Lewis’ View cartoon pointing out the funding, or lack there-of, being put toward fixing the erosion situation currently faced by Stockton beach.

I got a real chuckle out of the cartoon. It almost hit the nail on the head.

I say almost because in reality there would be much less money tinkling out of that truck.

That being said, the erosion problem faced by Stockton is no joke. People’s houses, their livelihood, and their identity are at risk.

It’s easy to write-off the erosion as the nature of beaches everywhere, but the fact is, the erosion we face is anything but natural. It is caused by the stranglehold which the Newcastle breakwalls have on Stockton’s sand supply.

While I acknowledge the necessity of these breakwalls, I know that I’m not alone in my frustration over the way that Stockton has been left to slowly decay while the NSW government reaps the benefits of the billions of dollars earned through the sale of, and royalties from the port.

I’m sure that I’m not the only one wondering why so much of this money somehow finds its way down to Sydney. This money was earned in Newcastle and it should stay in Newcastle.

We only need a small portion of it to permanently fix the problems, which arose as a direct result of the infrastructure so critical to viability of the port. It’s not too late to fix the problem, but the clock is ticking.

I don’t think that we are asking for too much. We only want a fair go.

Simon Jones, Stockton

A step too far

HOW far should religious freedom be allowed to encroach on society? 

Just when it appeared the same-sex-marriage vote debacle was about to come to an end, we hear there are those in government who want to bring on more delays by putting up a bill that would allow certain ideologies to discriminate against citizens who don’t abide by their beliefs.

I believe this to be a step too far and not what was intended in the Constitution when giving the right to have a personal religious belief. If anyone wants to run a business that makes them money by serving the community, that should mean all the law-abiding community and not having any lockouts by what is their own personal belief.

I cannot understand why anyone would want to give financial benefit to a business that thinks they are a lesser person.

Allan Earl, Thornton

Letter of the week

THE Herald pen goes to Jean Price of Merriwa for her letter about Halloween.