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.

Members Activate in Melbourne for Fuel Security

The latest in a series of fuel security rallies took place on Melbourne’s Southbank, outside of fuel major – Exxon/Mobil’s- office.

Members handed out thousands of tanker campaign leaflets and had many conversations with the public. Hundreds of signatures were also collected for a petition.

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Response from Resources Minister

Federal LNP Resources Minister Ian Macfarlane has responded to emails from MUA members regarding fuel security.

We don’t agree with many of his assertions – or the Abbott Government’s policies on fuel security - but find his full response below. It can also be downloaded here. 

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Speaking Up for Fuel Security: Assistant National Secretary Ian Bray's Submission to the Senate Inquiry

Today, Assistant National Secretary Ian Bray spoke at Australia's transport energy resilience and sustainability, at the Sydney public Hearing.

Below is his speech.

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All Of the Videos From Hugli Action in Cairns

With the Hugli Spirit set to leave the coast shortly and be replaced with a foreign crew, the existing Australian seafarers took matters into their own hands in Cairns on Saturday, January 24.

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Last Few Ports for Hugli Spirit Oil Tanker

· Honest, Australian jobs should not be replaced with exploited $2/hour workers
· Australia’s fuel security and natural environment should not be put at risk 

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AFR: Jet Fuel Shortage Gives Air To Supply Woes

By Angela MacDonald-Smith, Australian Financial Review

A shortage of jet fuel that arose at Melbourne airport this week – even if likely to be short-lived – has exposed the frailty of Australia’s fuel supply chain. It has also played into the hands of those who argue that the spate of closures of local refineries is putting security of energy supply in Australia at risk, a view firmly rejected by the supply industry.

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Let Your MP Know Your Thoughts on Fuel Security

It’s Our Coast, Our Fuel, Our Security. Despite being an island-nation, Australia has one of the worst fuel security records in the world. The future is looking bleak and we need you to tell the Government that protecting Australia’s fuel interests should be a priority. Email your local MP now and let them know your sentiments on fuel security and the future of Australian shipping.

Go here to fill in your details.

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Tandara Spirit Dispute: 20 Days in Port Phillip Bay

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The Australian: Australia Alone in Failing to Hold Fuel Supplies for an Emergency

AUSTRALIA is the only developed nation that does not have secure sources of emergency fuel at a time of growing terrorism and instability in the Middle East.

By Cameron Stewart - The Australian

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More Aussie Jobs Head Offshore as Tandara Spirit Departs

The Australian crew of the Tandara Spirit chose yesterday to sail the vessel from Port Phillip Bay amid fears over pending court action that could have potentially cost them the family home.
 
For 20 days, both swings of the crew have bravely taken a stand by defying orders from Teekay and Viva Energy to sail the Tandara Spirit back to Singapore, where they will be made redundant.

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