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.
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.
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.
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.
· 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
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.
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.
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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
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.