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The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications, Transport and Microeconomic Reform

M edia Release Ship safety forum

Finding solutions

(ο July 1998

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications, Transport and Microeconomic Reform will hold a public forum in Sydney on ship safety on Tuesday, 14 July 1998.

The forum is part of the committee’s inquiry into the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Annual Report 1996-97.

Chair

, Mr Paul Neville MP

Deputy Chair Hon Peter Morris MHR

Members Mr Ross Cameron MP Hon Janice Crosio MBE MP Mr Gary Hardgrave MP

Mr Colin Hollis MP Mr Peter Lindsay MP Mr Paul Marek MP Mr Stewart McArthur MP Mr Graeme McDougall MP Mr Don Randall MP Mr Lindsay Tanner MP Mr Barry Wakelin MP Hon Ralph Willis MP

Correspondence and inquiries Committee secretary House of Representatives Standing Committee on

Communications, Transport and Microeconomic Reform Parliament House CANBERRA ACT 2600

Tel (02)6277 4601 Fax (02) 6277 2067 Ctmr.reps@ aph.gov.au

Mr Paul Neville MP, Chair, in announcing the forum, said:

Shipping is a commercial life line fo r Australia. It is very important that we do all we can to ensure that it is a safe, reliable and efficient method o f transporting goods to and from our shores.

There appears to have been real progress in the area o f ship safety since the 1995 parliamentary reports on Ships of Shame. This is due in part to Australia’s efforts in

international forums. In the area o f ship safety, Australia is an exemplary global citizen. We should continue to use our respected position to enhance the safety o f shipping and to protect the marine environment.

1998 is the International Year o f the Ocean. We need to protect this precious resource fo r future generations. Up to 80 per cent o f shipping accidents are due to ‘the human factor ’. By improving the competency and well being o f

seafarers, shipping can become safer and more

environmentally sensitive, with the crew themselves living in cleaner and more humane conditions.

The forum will provide an opportunity fo r the committee to consult with experts in the field. The focus o f the day will be on identifying continuing major problems, and finding practical solutions.

The committee has invited representatives from industry, government and the community to participate in the forum. Members of the public are welcome to attend the forum. For terms of reference and program w 2

Further information

Media comment Paul Neville MP, committee chair 02 6277 4940 07 4152 0744

Background Meg Crooks, committee secretary 02 6277 4601 http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committe/ctmr/index.htm