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     8 Maritime Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the question—That the bill be now read a second time—

Debate resumed by Mr Albanese who moved, as an amendment—That all the words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

 “whilst not declining to give the bill a second reading, the House: 

(1)    notes that:

(a)    despite the Government’s repeated claims, its proposed changes to coastal shipping legislation are all about eliminating Australian jobs, and ultimately the entire domestic industry; and

(b)   during this Government’s period in office, 12 previously Australian-flagged vessels have been reflagged to foreign States; and

(2)    reaffirms that:

(a)    it is in the national interest to ensure a level playing field between foreign and domestic shipping operators; and

(b)   Australia’s vital economic, environmental and national security interests are best served when there is a viable, competitive and growing local shipping industry”.

Debate ensued.

Amendment negatived.

Question—That the bill be now read a second time—put and passed—bill read a second time.


Leave granted for third reading to be moved immediately.

On the motion of Mr McCormack (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development), the bill was read a third time.