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Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Page: 7907


Senator McKIM (Tasmania) (15:46): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) on 2 October 2017, the Hobart City Council supported a motion in relation to cruise ship fuel in Hobart,

(ii) the City of Hobart resolved to urgently write to the Federal Government to request that, through appropriate legislative directives, the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport set an upper limit of 0.1% for fuel oil sulphur content for bunker fuel while cruise ships are berthed in the Port of Hobart,

(iii) the bunker fuel burned by cruise ships in the Port of Hobart can currently have up to 3.5% sulphur content in contrast to Sydney Harbour where cruise ships have a legislated limit of less than 0.1% sulphur content, and

(iv) the legislated limit for Sydney Harbour of 0.1% was enacted due to public concern over the harmful effects on human health of high sulphur content in bunker fuel affecting air quality in Sydney Harbour; and

(b) calls on the Government to urgently respond to the City of Hobart and set an upper limit of 0.1% fuel oil sulphur content for cruise ships berthed in the Port of Hobart.