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17    Industry—Australian Shipbuilding Industry

The Leader of the Glenn Lazarus Team (Senator Lazarus), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1174—That the Senate—

    (a)   acknowledges the importance of Australia’s shipping and maritime industry, and its contribution to the Australian economy and national defence capabilities;

    (b)   notes that some 7 000 people are employed directly in shipbuilding yards across Australia, and a further 24 000 people in associated industries;

     (c)   recognises that more than 1 800 shipbuilding jobs have been lost in Australia since 2013, and the need to protect and retain Australian jobs for Australian workers;

    (d)   understands that the Federal Government has selected Spanish company Navantia as the preferred tenderer to build replacement supply vessels for the Australian Navy, which will create some 3 000 jobs in Spain and further decimate the Australian shipbuilding and maritime industry; and

     (e)   calls on the Federal Government to immediately halt further negotiations with the Spanish company and instead work with the Australian shipbuilding and maritime industry to immediately establish the capability to build the ships in Australia, which will provide Australian jobs for Australian workers, and in the event that withdrawal from negotiations is not possible, immediately install requirements which maximise Australian involvement, input and content, such as the build of the blocks in Australia.

Statements by leave : Senator Lazarus and the Minister for Vocational Education and Skills (Senator Ryan), by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 15

Senators—

Di Natale

Ludlam

Rhiannon

Waters

Hanson-Young

Madigan

Rice

Whish-Wilson

Lambie

McKim

Siewert

Xenophon

Lazarus (Teller)

Muir

Simms

 

 

 

NOES, 37

Senators—

Abetz

Edwards

Marshall

Paterson

Back

Fawcett

McAllister

Polley

Bernardi

Fifield

McEwen (Teller)

Reynolds

Bilyk

Gallacher

McGrath

Ryan

Brown

Gallagher

McLucas

Singh

Bushby

Heffernan

Moore

Smith

Cash

Johnston

O’Neill

Sterle

Colbeck

Lindgren

O’Sullivan

Urquhart

Collins

Macdonald

Parry

Williams

Dastyari

 

 

 

Question negatived.