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I DIDN’T know Steve Butterworth very well, but reading about his passing (The Great White Tale theherald南京夜网.au, also Last wave in ‘cool life’ Herald 22/5) inspired me to write a few comments, just like it has to others.
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When it comes to surfing, ever since my childhood days, I have always been a ‘‘Bay Boy’’ at heart and a part of the poem The Man From Box Beach.

I will always remember those late winter afternoons when I would sit on the sand dunes at Box Beach, somewhat jealous and in awe, watching this brilliant surfer getting some of the best barrels (getting tubed as we used to call it), that I have ever seen to this day.

Yes, Steve Butterworth was my childhood hero.

I am 54 now. Besides my love of the ocean and the waves, Steve’s ability has given me good reason and has inspired me to surf seriously nearly all my life.

The Great White Tale – what a beautiful story. It reminded so much of the things we used to do when we were growing up at Port Stephens.

I knew Sally Ridgeway and went to school with some of his family.

I offer my deepest sympathy to all Steve’s family and friends. Newcastle has not lost anyone, we just can’t see Steve face-to-face any more.

Newcastle will truly miss this absolute legend to the greatest sport of all: surfing.

Steve Corder,


THE lapsed accord signed between unions and government was a pillar of co-operation and bipartisanship in this country.
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The accord provided security and certainty at a time when the economy was under pressure.

If Labor is serious about promoting progress through discussion and partnership, they will restart the accord.

With manufacturing and mining under increasing pressure, there could be no better time to enlist union support and involvement.

The benefits would flow to all Australians.

John Butler,

Windella Downs

Tune in as Kurri Kurri take on Cessnock on Saturday June 1, from 3pm.
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AIMING HIGH: Students prepare for the 21st Star Struck at Newcastle Entertainment Centre. Picture: Ryan Osland SOPHIE CURTIS
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A NEW batch of talented high school and primary school students stepped on stage at Newcastle Entertainment Centre yesterday in preparation for this year’s Star Struck.

The event, which features more than 3500 students, has been used as a launch pad for the careers of Newcastle country star Catherine Britt and Australian musical theatre performer David Harris.

Sixteen-year-old songstress Sophie Curtis is determined to use this year’s 21st anniversary concert to start a singing career.

The year 11 student at the Hunter School of Performing Arts will perform four songs as a featured artist at the shows on June14 and 15.

While Sophie wasn’t even born when Star Struck began, she is well aware of the careers it has kick-started and wants to pursue a music career in America.

Director Karen Birrell said the 21st event was an important milestone for the 120 schools who take part.

‘‘There will be something for everyone, with music and dance styles from the 1990s to the present, with some massive props including a giant birthday cake,’’ Birrell said.

She said newspaper headlines from the past 21 years will also be featured.

“All the important moments of a young life will be brought alive in music, song, dance and drama,’’ she said.

TAKING me to task on ‘‘basic economics’’ once more, Brian Crooks rejects my hypothesis that wage restraint encourages employment.
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Again citing ‘‘Scandinavian countries’’ as examples of how high wages are a good thing, Mr Crooks should consider the relevant unemployment figures.

In ‘‘high wage’’ Sweden unemployment has jumped from 7.5per cent to 8.4per cent since 2011, while in the ‘‘low wage’’ US it declined from 7.8per cent to 7.6per cent over the same period.

Manufacturers such as Ford are fleeing our ‘‘Fair Work’’ shores due to unsustainable costs.

Yet GE is now bringing manufacturing back to the US from China, making dishwashers and water heaters domestically for the first time in decades.

Like trade unionists, Mr Crooks fails to grasp that there is only so much money in the pot.

You can have ridiculous wages and conditions, or you can have high employment – not both.

It’s basic economics.

Scott Hillard,

New Lambton