TIME FOR SCOTT MORRISON TO DUMP FLAWED COASTAL SHIPPING CHANGES THAT WILL COST LOCAL JOBS
The failure of Scott Morrison to yet again list for debate his flawed coastal shipping laws in the final sitting of the Senate for the year should mean the time has now come for the Coalition to dump this proposed legislation.
Federal Member for Braddon Justine Keay said, “Labor voted against this legislation when it passed the House of Representatives in October of this year because it threatens the jobs of hundreds of local seafarers and potential future investment into Bass Strait shipping by Australian owned companies.
“Despite several weeks of Senate sittings, the government has again failed to list the Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Amendment Bill 2017 for debate in the Senate during the final sitting week of 2018.
“This means either the government is not serious about the proposed legislation or they don’t have the support in the Senate to get it passed.
“Scott Morrison should now do the right thing and dump his flawed approach to coastal shipping.
“Hundreds of local seafarer jobs are threatened along with significant future investment by Australian owned shippers that service Bass Strait by the Coalition’s plans, that could open up Bass Strait to more foreign flagged vessels.
“A number of times I have sought a guarantee from the Coalition on the floor of the parliament that Bass Strait would not be affected by the government’s proposed changes.
“Every time they have been asked, government has refused to answer.
“If the government refuses to drop the proposed legislation and wants to take this issue to the federal election due next year then bring it on.”
Justine Keay also said, “The community has the right to know whether Senator Eric Abetz and other Tasmanian Liberal Senators still support this flawed approach.
“The community should also know whether National Party Senator Steve Martin stands by his previous comments regarding coastal shipping when he said, “I don't believe in getting in cheap labour and losing Australian jobs over that." (The Advocate 12 March 2016)
“Or will Senator Martin sell out local seafarers and their families?
“I am very confident the people of Braddon would support local jobs and investment in Bass Strait shipping rather than hand it over to foreign flagged vessels.”
SUNDAY, 2 DECEMBER 2018
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Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.