Our Coast. Our Fuel. Our Security.

With the closure of Caltex's Kurnell refinery and Shell's Clyde refinery in Sydney and planned closures by BP in Brisbane, Australia now imports 91 per cent of its petroleum by foreign tankers – up from 60 per cent in 2000. Yet Australia has no law requiring companies to keep even the minimum fuel reserves that the International Energy Agency requires in the country, so the oil companies don’t bother.

There are now no Australian crewed tankers that operate domestically supplying the needs of cities and communities since the removal of the last tanker, British Fidelity. You can view the MUA's senate submission here. The union also supports the NRMA's Transport Energy Plan for Australia, this can be viewed here.

The Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee report into Australia's transport energy resilience and sustainability was tabled 25 June 2015 (view it here). This report found that Australia’s fuel security measures were not adequate and recommended the following:

Recommendation 3: The committee recommends that the Australian Government develop and publish a comprehensive Transport Energy Plan directed to achieving a secure, affordable and sustainable transport energy supply. The plan should be developed following a public consultation process. Where appropriate, the plan should set targets for the secure supply of Australia's transport energy.

Australia is already down to four refineries and two Australian-crewed vessels carrying fuel around our coast, compared to eight refineries and 11 vessels in 1996. Australian refining and Australian shipping remain a vital part of ensuring Australia’s fuel security into the future and unless the Government does something, we are forecast to have no refineries and no Australian shipping.

This places Australia completely at the mercy of foreign markets and we would have no insurance policy against any major supply shock – whether it be from a refinery fire in Singapore, a terrorist or piracy attack in the Straits of Malacca, or environmental tragedy on the Great Barrier Reef.

ALP's Wayne Swan Speaks Up for Australian Shipping and Fuel Security

Today, Member for Lilley Wayne Swan stood up in the Federation Chamber at Parliament House to defend Cabotage and to call for a better Fuel Security plan. Watch his speech below:

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Madigan and Oliver Join MUA’s Call for a Better Fuel Security Plan

Independent Senator John Madigan has joined ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver in supporting the MUA’s Fuel Security and #BoycottBP campaign at a rally held in Melbourne today.

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ITF Supports MUA Campaign Against BP

The International Transport Workers’ Federation has resolved to back the Maritime Union of Australia’s campaign to retain the BP oil tanker the British Loyalty on a coastal trade route.

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MUA Fights BP Plans to Dump 400 Aussie Workers and Place Fuel Supply in Foreign Hands

The Maritime Union of Australia says national fuel security is being jeopardised by BP’s plans to slash more local jobs.

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Victorians Protest Dumping of British Loyalty Crew

As part of putting the pressure on BP for dumping its Australian crew off the vessel, the British Loyalty, an ongoing picket has been set up at its Melbourne headquarters.

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Flash Mob of Women Descend on BP in Defence of Australian Jobs

More than 100 women participants from Women in Male Dominated Occupations and Industries (WiMDOI) showed BP that dumping their Australian crew from the British Loyalty Tanker would not be tolerated.

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Save a Seafarer

The MUA is ramping up its Our Coast. Our Fuel. Our Security. campaign and requires the support of all members and friends. See this joint statement from Assistant National Secretaries Ian Bray and Warren Smith:

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Lateline - Cabinet ministers disagree over Australia's oil reserve

Conflicting views are emerging within the government over whether motorists should foot the bill for topping up Australia's depleted strategic oil reserve. Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane says it'll cost billions, suggesting that Australia should consider walking away from its international commitment to maintain an oil reserve of 90 days supply.

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Senate Inquiry Into Fuel Security - Ian Bray Opening Remarks – Thursday April 9, 2015, Melbourne

On Thursday April 9 2015 the MUA appeared again at the Senate Inquiry into Fuel Security

Below is a transcript of Assistant National Secretary Ian Bray's opening remarks.

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Brisbane Community Rally In Support Of British Loyalty Crew

A political protest rally took place in Brisbane on Friday in support of the Australian crew of the British Loyalty, who have been given two months’ notice by BP that the vessel is finishing up on the Australian coast.

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