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Where are the Tasmanian jobs in Liberal’s ‘Spirits’ proposal?

Written by on September 17, 2020

  • Liberals
    back Philippines build and WA fit out
  • No
    guarantee of Tasmanian jobs
  • Tourist
    and freight sectors left marooned

The Liberal Government has given its strongest indication yet that it is backing a proposal to build the new Spirit of Tasmania vessels in the Philippines.

Shadow
Infrastructure Minister Shane Broad said the boat yard in the Philippines specialises
in aluminium catamarans, and has never built anything remotely like the 212-metre
steel monohull TT-Line wants for the Spirits.

“This
is not what the Liberals promised Tasmanians,” Dr Broad said.

“There
are no Tasmanian jobs in the Philippines and there are no Tasmanian jobs at
Austal in Western Australia where the ships are proposed to be fitted out.

“Labor
supports maximising Tasmanian jobs in the replacement of Spirit of Tasmania
vessels, which is exactly what the Liberals promised when they first announced
the ship replacement.

“But
the approach taken by the Liberals is not creating jobs, it is creating
uncertainty.

“The
first new Spirit was supposed to be on Bass Strait next year. Now they won’t be
delivered until at least 2028.

“Reliability
on Bass Strait is critical and it’s no place for experiments. 

“Tourists and freight customers cannot afford to lose a single day’s sailing.

“We have seen the consequences of cutting corners on Bass Strait, with the future of the Malaysian-built John Duigan in doubt, leaving King Island high and dry.”

Shane Broad MP
Shadow Minister for Infrastructure 

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