Bass Strait deserves straight answers

Tasmanian Labor
  • Proposal to create jobs in Philippines,
    not Tasmania
  • Project too important to experiment with
  • If this goes wrong it will cost jobs, not
    create them
  • The
    Liberal Government needs to explain how many Tasmanian jobs will be created
    with the build of the replacement Spirit of Tasmania vessels.

    Shadow
    Minister for Infrastructure Shane Broad said the proposal on the table from
    Austal was for jobs to be created in the Philippines.

    “The
    proposal by Austal would see construction happening at a yard that has no
    experience building the type of vessels we need for Bass Strait. The company
    has also been accused of bringing in Filipino labour into Australia and paying
    them $9 per hour.

    “Michael
    Ferguson wants to talk about creating jobs for Tasmanians, but he can’t point
    to anywhere in the process where that will happen.

    “The
    Bass Strait route is vital for key Tasmanian industries like tourism,
    aquaculture and agriculture – if the government gets this wrong it will cost
    jobs rather than create them.

    “This
    project is far too important to play petty politics with and Tasmania should
    not be used as a guinea pig.

    “The government needs to explain how it will ensure the replacement vessels are high quality and fit for purpose and how many jobs will be created for Tasmanians.”

    Shane Broad MP

    Shadow Minister for Infrastructure

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