Where are the Tasmanian jobs in Liberal’s ‘Spirits’ proposal?
Written by Sam Meyer on September 17, 2020
back Philippines build and WA fit out
guarantee of Tasmanian jobs
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.
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.
is not what the Liberals promised Tasmanians,” Dr Broad said.
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.
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.
the approach taken by the Liberals is not creating jobs, it is creating
first new Spirit was supposed to be on Bass Strait next year. Now they won’t be
delivered until at least 2028.
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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