Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Ports; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade

    Federal Labor's Australian shipping policy welcomed

    26/02/2019 3:00 PM
     
    • McGowan Government welcomes Federal Labor's commitment to an Australian Strategic Fleet 

    Ports Minister Alannah MacTiernan has welcomed Federal Labor's plans to create a Strategic Fleet and help to develop skills in the maritime sector.

     

    The policy will address economic and security concerns about the steep decline in Australian-flagged vessels over the past 30 years.

     

    The State Government will consult with Federal Labor on the potential to support a direct shipping route from the Pilbara region to South East Asia through the Strategic Fleet policy, as well as considering other Western Australian routes.

     

    Last week, the State Government released a report into the economic benefits of establishing a direct maritime freight service in the Pilbara, which found that such a service would create more than 30 direct local jobs, and offer major long-term opportunities to diversify the regional economy.

     

    Comments attributed to Ports Minister Alannah MacTiernan:

     

    "We want to make sure WA gets a part of the action.

     

    "The direct shipping route from the Pilbara would be a major component of securing strategic shipping lines.

     

    "Our Government will work closely with Federal Labor to ensure WA plays a role in any future Strategic Fleet."

     

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