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No protest vows Save Our Ports committee

THE Save Our Ports coordinating committee today resolved that there would be no demonstrations to confront the Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations Michael Baird when he attends the Illawarra Business Person of the Year Awards in Wollongong on Friday.

In a statement, the committee says: “We know many people in the business community who oppose the privatisation of Port Kembla, and out of respect for them, we are not organising a demonstration at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre for the Treasurer’s visit.”

“Many business people are helping us with our petition against the privatisation. The Port Kembla Chamber of Commerce has been particularly supportive.”

The Committee has asked Mr Baird to meet with a delegation. The Committee has written to the Treasurer, stating: “We know that opposition to the privatisation is deeply felt and widely shared. At the Friday market in Crown St, we were collecting more than one signature each minute for our petition opposing the privatisation of the Port. At the Saturday market at Warrawong, we collected more than two signatures per minute. People were queuing to sign.”

The Committee is hoping for a big turnout at the public meeting in Wollongong Town Hall on Wednesday November 7 at 6.30pm when the Minister for the Illawarra and Minister for Finance Greg Pearce MLC will speak about the privatisation of the Port along with Secretary of the South Coast Labour Council, Arthur Rorris.

ABC journalist Nick McLaren will be MC for and mediator of the debate.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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