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WATERFRONT INDUSTRY REFORM

Senator Panizza, pursuant to notice, moved--That the Senate--

(a) notes:

(i) the report from the Bureau of Industry Economics that

Australian waterfront efficiency is declining in several

key areas,

(ii) that the completion of the Waterfront Industry Reform

Authority's reforms in 1992 only increased Australian

ports' competitiveness for a short time and now there

is notable decline, and

(iii) the report says that, in a survey of 18 common

destinations, ship operators rated Australian ports in

comparison with Asian, European and North American

ports as follows: Brisbane 12th, Adelaide 15th,

Melbourne 17th and Sydney 18th, and that 85 per cent

of ship companies surveyed said turnaround times had

improved faster overseas than in Australia for the

past 5 years; and

(b) calls on the Government and the Minister responsible to explain

to the Australian shipping industry why the above situation

exists when Australian taxpayers funded $450 million in 1992 on

waterfront reform, obviously a total waste.

Debate ensued.

General Business concluded.