• 2015 November 26 15:15

    The Senate votes down the Turnbull Government’s deregulation plans for Australian shipping

    The Senate today voting down the Turnbull Government’s deregulation plans for Australian shipping, The Maritime Union Australia said in its press release.
    The Shipping Legislation Amendment Bill – defeated 31 votes to 28 - would have allowed foreign ships paying third world wages unfettered access to Australian domestic trade.
    MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin said the vote sent a strong message that Australian jobs and industries should be front and centre of policy making in this country.
    “The Senate has rightly decided that the Australian shipping industry is vital in terms of jobs and value to the national economy,” Mr Crumlin said.
    “The MUA would like to thank the ALP, Greens and crossbench Senators who voted to defeat this short-sighted policy.
    “Australian crews are the most highly trained in the world and all have high-level security screening. As a result, Australian-flagged ships are demonstrably safer than Flag of Convenience (FOC) shipping and have a strong record in protecting our pristine coastline.
    “Had they passed, the Government’s changes raised serious questions on national security, fuel security, jobs and skills and protection of our environment."
    However, Mr Crumlin said there was more hard work needed to ensure the future viability of the sector, including those onboard the MV Portland.
    The 19 crew onboard the MV Portland have not sailed the ship to Singapore where they would be marched down the gangway to make way for a group of foreign seafarers.
    Their employer, Alcoa, has exploited a loophole whereby the company has been granted a temporary licence by the Turnbull Government to use a foreign vessel even though there are Australian ships and seafarers available to service the trade as they have done for the last 50 years
    This licence is intended for use on foreign trading ships that call into more than one Australian port when the MV Portland solely trades in Australian waters.
    “The MUA is challenging the use of the Temporary Licence in the Federal Court. It is a national disgrace that Alcoa has been allowed to dump Australian workers in favour of foreign workers on as little as $2/hour,” Mr Crumlin said.
    “On the back of today’s decision in the Senate, the Turnbull Government should reverse its decision and embrace the spirit of working together shown at the recent shipping summit convened by the ACTU.
    “We need to build our economy on long term essential industries that grow into service clusters including finance, environmental management, regulatory leadership , safety and security.
    “That's Australian Shipping writ large. It is an Australian industry with a past and a future. Leadership required again by all political parties, which was always the formula success in a country as reliant on shipping services as we are on air and water.
    “We invite the Turnbull Government to join with the ACTU, ALP, Greens, crossbench Senators and industry stakeholders to ensure the long term viability of shipping in this country.”


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