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Published: 17 Jun 2020

 
The Federal Government has been urged to address the nation’s complete reliance on foreign owned, operated and crewed tankers to transport oil and petroleum products as part of ongoing efforts to address Australia’s chronic fuel security issues.
 
The Maritime Union of Australia welcomed the Request for Information process, which seeks to identify opportunities to strengthen refining capacity and increase domestic fuel storage capacity, but said issues facing the transport of liquid fuels to Australia and around the coast remained unresolved.
 



Published: 11 Jun 2020

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Photo Aurora Australis in Hobart by Barry Becker
 

The Maritime Union of Australia is demanding the Federal Government urgently act to purchase the iconic Aurora Australis icebreaker following reports the flagship icebreaker of the Australian Antarctic Division could be sold for scrap metal within weeks by owner P&O Maritime.



Published: 8 May 2020

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Reports that the Federal Government has commenced talks with Australia’s four oil refineries about the development of a domestic fuel reserve are a welcome step towards achieving energy security, but the Maritime Union of Australia has warned the plan must also address the nation’s reliance on foreign oil tankers.
 



Published: 2 May 2020

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MARK BUTLER MP
SHADOW MINISTER CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY
MEMBER FOR HINDMARSH

 
CATHERINE KING MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORT AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR BALLARAT



Published: 22 Apr 2020

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Unions are urging the Australian Government to deliver genuine fuel security to the nation by taking advantage of a unique opportunity to create a domestic fuel stockpile at a fraction of the normal cost, as the COVID-19 pandemic causes a collapse in global oil prices.
 
The Maritime Union of Australia and Australian Workers Union said the current crisis was not only a wake-up call — demonstrating how quickly global supply chains can break down in a crisis — but also an unprecedented opportunity to develop a strategic fuel reserve on Australian soil.
 



Published: 11 Mar 2020

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The Morrison Government’s arrangement to store Australia’s emergency fuel reserves in the United States is nothing more than an accounting trick that will do nothing to ensure the country’s resilience to a global crisis that disrupts fuel supplies, the Maritime Union of Australia has warned.



Published: 14 Feb 2020

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Maritime workers fear they are being put at risk of exposure to the deadly coronavirus as a result of the arrival of container vessels from mainland China, which in some cases are docking in breach of the Federal Government’s 14-day travel ban.

Workers at Melbourne’s Webb Dock were alarmed following the arrival of the container vessel. An inspector from the Maritime Union of Australia was initially told it had sailed from another Australian port, but it was subsequently discovered that the vessel had actually departed Ningbo in mainland China.



Published: 14 Feb 2020

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Darwin maritime workers fear they are being put at risk of exposure to the deadly coronavirus due to the imminent arrival of a container vessel that departed mainland China earlier this month, in clear breach of the Federal Government’s 14-day travel ban.
The Singapore-flagged Kota Nebula visited a series of ports in China in early February, including areas with confirmed coronavirus cases, before departing the port of Nansha on February 3.



Published: 6 Feb 2020

Launch Of Australian-First Service To Address Seafarer Isolation

An Australian-first initiative to provide a WIFI signal and internet access for visiting Seafarers on ships visiting Australian ports called “Seafarer Connect” has been launched in Sydney at a meeting of the International Transport Workers' Federation Offshore Task Force and Cabotage Committees.

An initiative of the not-for-profit Tas Bull Seafarers Foundation (TBSF), a trial of the programme at Port Botany for the past three months has proved to be an outstanding success.



Published: 5 Feb 2020

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SENATOR CAROL BROWN

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE AND REGIONAL TOURISM

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR TASMANIA

AUSTRALIAN CIVILIAN VESSELS AND CREWS VITAL IN BUSHFIRE CRISIS 

 

The bush fire emergency has brought out the best in our community.   



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