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Federal Transport Minister Darren Chester and the Department of Infrastructure and Transport must immediately cease issuing 'Temporary Licences' (TL's) to CSL (Canadian Steamship Line) when there are Australian Ships available.
The issuing of TL's outside the intent of Coastal Trading Act 2012 has meant Australian ships are constantly being replaced by low cost, unsafe ships of shame under the watch of this government.
Another Australian ship, The CSL Thevenard, has just been taken off the coast leaving the Australian crew without a job while foreign flagged ships and exploited seafarers are being used to do their work.
Any CSL ships operating on the Australian coast should employ Australian seafarers.
This has also happened to the CSL Melbourne, CSL Pacific and CSL Brisbane and in a similar scenario Alcoa were issued with temporary licences to allow foreign crewed ships to take the work of the Australian crewed MV Portland.
Why is this important?
The minister and the government should be standing up for Australian seafarers and denying any temporary licences while there are Australian workers available.
Its time to stand up for Australian workers and the shipping industry.