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Monday, 12 October 2015
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Senator STERLE (Western Australia) (15:49): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator STERLE: It would not matter when this Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee report hit the Senate, because the Shipping Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 is one of the worst pieces of legislation out. There is no way that we should be supporting this bill. It is doing away with Australian jobs, and I, therefore, do not support the extension of the reporting date.

The committee did have a hearing into this. For those listening out there—and I hope that the crossbenchers are really across this—this piece of legislation will see the wiping out of 1,200 Australian maritime jobs. We are an island nation. We have the fifth largest sea-bearing transport in the world. That mob over there want to deregister Australian ships. That is what this legislation will do. They want to do away with Australian jobs. There will be foreign seafarers on these vessels. It is a terrible piece of legislation, and I hope that the crossbenchers are well and truly across what the government are proposing to do, with this legislation.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: The question is that the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee inquiry into the Shipping Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 be extended from 12 October until 19 October 2015.