Today, amendments to the Coastal Trading Act will be debated in parliament, which if passed will open up Australia’s Coastal Trading trade to substandard vessels operated by seafarers on $2-an-hour.
The Maritime Union of Australia opposes deregulating Australia’s domestic shipping industry, which will allow ships of shame with their spurious environmental, safety and crew welfare records, to trade between Australia’s ports.
Carrying goods between Sydney and Melbourne - regardless of whether on a truck, or a ship - should be subject to the same environmental, safety and labour laws.
A strong merchant navy is also integral to national security, which has been demonstrated here and throughout the world during times of unrest.
We are an island nation. Don’t allow the Government to sign our domestic shipping industry away to foreign interests.