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The report of the task force on the Australian shipbuilding industry



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DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE INCLUDING THE AUSTRALIAN CUSTOMS SERVICE

News Release News Release IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10 February 1984 8/84

THE REPORT OF THE TASK FORCE ON THE AUSTRALIAN SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY

The recommendations of the Task Force on the Australian Shipbuilding Industry were released today by the Acting M inister for Industry and

Commerce, Mr John Brown.

The Task Force was established la s t year by the Minister for Industry

and Commerce, Senator Button, following representations from the

Australian Shipbuilding Association on the s ta te of the industry.

The Task Force comprised two representatives from the industry, two

from the ACTU and was chaired by the Department of Industry and Commerce.

The Task Force found th a t i f a s p e c ia lis t shipbuilding industry were

to be retained in Australia specific action would be needed.

It recommended th at i f the Government wished to take sp ecific action to

a s s is t the retention of a s p e c ia lis t shipbuilding industry in A ustralia,

action be taken as a matter of urgency to increase the throughput in

local shipyards. Measures to; achieve such an increase could include:

(a) the extension of the bounty to vessels for export

(b) the introduction of a scrappage allowance for older vessels where

a replacement vessel is b u ilt domestically

(c) the introduction of financing arrangements for vessels for the

domestic market sim ilar to those existing for vessels sold on the

export market.

The Task Force further recommended that the p o s sib ility of prescribing

conditions for the re g istra tio n of shipyards for bounty purposes be

explored as soon as possible.

The R ep or t a l s o c o n s i d e r e d t h a t t h e r e was a c a s e f o r t h e deferme nt

o f t h e commencement o f t h e bounty phase-down u n t i l such time as t h e

e f f e c t on t h e i n d u s t r y o f t h e im ple me nta tio n o f o t h e r a c t i o n s a r i s i n g

from t h e Report co uld be p r o p e r l y a s s e s s e d .

The M i n i s t e r s a i d t h a t a Working Group w i t h i n t h e Department o f I n d u s t r y

and Commerce was bei ng s e t up t o i n v e s t i g a t e and r e p o r t on t h e

q u e s t i o n o f p r e s c r i b i n g c o n d i t i o n s f o r t h e r e g i s t r a t i o n o f s h i p y a r d s

f o r bounty p u r p o s e s .

The o t h e r recommendations and s u g g e s t i o n s by t h e Task Force were

being c o n s i d e r e d by t h e Government and a d e c i s i o n would be announced

as soon as p o s s i b l e .

Copies o f t h e Task Force Report w i l l be a v a i l a b l e in A u s t r a l i a n

Government P u b l i s h i n g S e r v i c e Bookshops in th e c a p i t a l c i t i e s .

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