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Tuesday, 11 August 2015
Page: 4964

Senator LAZARUS (Queensland) (16:06): I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 788 standing in my name, for today, relating to Australia's shipbuilding.

Leave granted.

Senator LAZARUS: I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) recognises the need for the Australian Government to support Australia's shipbuilding and maintenance industry, Australian maritime jobs and to restore confidence in the sector;

(b) notes that Cairns, Queensland has a rich naval shipbuilding heritage, including the building of the 14 Fremantle Class patrol boats, and that a Cairns consortia has submitted a bid for the Federal Government Pacific Patrol Boats Tender; and

(c) calls on the Government to confirm that the outcome of the Pacific Patrol Boats Tender will not be affected by Prime Minister Mr Tony Abbott's commitment to build naval vessels in South Australia.