Full steam ahead for coastal shipping reform

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Full steam ahead for coastal shipping reform

The Abbott government is ploughing ahead with its coastal shipping reforms, despite fierce opposition from Labor and the maritime union.

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The Abbott government is ploughing ahead with its coastal shipping reforms, despite fierce opposition from Labor and the maritime union.

Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said Labor’s meddling with coastal shipping had been a disaster for the industry.

“Labor’s Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Act 2012 (Coastal Trading Act) has not revitalised Australian shipping – in fact, it has torpedoed the industry. Over the first two years of the Coastal Trading Act there was a 63% decline in the carrying capacity of the major Australian coastal trading fleet.

“Unless we act now to correct these failings, businesses relying on coastal shipping will be sunk. 

Truss said the new legislation would have built-in protections for Australian workers and also for wages and conditions for all seafarers on foreign ships operating primarily in the Australian coasting trade.

10,000 jobs at risk, says union


Maritime Union of Australia national secretary Paddy Crumlin said: “These changes could spell disaster on a number of fronts – maritime jobs, skills, fuel security, national security and pose a threat to the environment.

“The Abbott Government’s changes could directly impact around 2000 direct jobs and up to 8000 associated jobs – so 10,000 Aussie jobs on the chopping block."

The ALP also weighed into the debate, saying the changes  – due to be introduced in parliament's winter session  – would undermine pay and conditions and amount to "WorkChoices on water".

 
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