Media Release – Statement on the Removal of the MV Mariloula & MV Lowlands Brilliance from Bluescope Freight Services
Australia’s maritime laws exist to protect jobs for Australian workers on trade between domestic ports from being undercut by exploited foreign workers who have been shown to be paid as little as $2 an hour.
The Government must prevent the loss of these Australian jobs by not issuing temporary licenses for any replacement ships that don’t have Australian crews under Australian conditions on the leg between Port Hedland and Port Kembla.
This cynical move is against the intent of existing maritime laws, which requires the Government to uphold the national interest as Labor would.
The iron boat trade has for more than 100 years secured Australian industry in times of war and peace and is absolutely essential for our economic independence and national security.