Monday, 13 August 2018
Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Amendment Bill 2017; Second Reading
Why is that? Because my dad was a seafarer, I say to the member opposite, so it is very important to me that we protect seafaring jobs and our maritime industry in this country. He can walk off with a smirk on his face knowing that he is going to support a bill that will destroy Australian seafaring jobs, for those jobs to be replaced by foreign workers.
But this bill is important for a range of other reasons as well. Coastal shipping is vital to the economy of my electorate and the state of Tasmania. This side of the House believes in a strong Australian coastal shipping industry. I've seen and understand what role the local maritime industry can play in peoples' lives. This industry is one that is too important to play political games with.