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   10 Transport Security Amendment (Serious or Organised Crime) Bill 2016

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 the Government failed to articulate a policy for the aviation or maritime sectors at the 2016 Federal election;

(2)    notes the Turnbull Government’s failed WorkChoices On Water legislation would have seriously undermined the Australian maritime sector;

(3)    notes in particular that the Government has:

(a)    failed to rule out further laws in coastal shipping that would aid the displacement of Australian crews on the Australian coast with foreign crews doing the same work for reduced wages and conditions;

(b)   failed to outline its response to the High Court’s decision to overturn the Government’s attempt to circumvent Parliament’s intention to give priority to Australian jobs in our offshore oil and gas sector;

(c)    actively worked to facilitate the replacement of Australian maritime crews by foreign crews for permanent work in Australia, by arranging rapid visas, skills recognition and access to ports in cases such as the MV Portland in January 2016; and

(d)   previously considered relaxing air cabotage arrangements that could have the effect of displacing Australian flight and cabin crews with foreign crews on lower wages and conditions while working in Australia;

(4)    notes that the Government and its expert agencies have repeatedly acknowledged the obvious point that criminal and security vetting of foreign aviation and maritime workers is much harder than for Australian workers; and

(5)    calls on the Federal Government to develop as a matter of urgency aviation and maritime policies, ensuring that such policies prioritise jobs and skills for Australians while also facilitating more reliable background checks”.

Debate ensued.

Mr J. H. Wilson addressing the House—

It being 1.30 pm, the debate was interrupted in accordance with standing order 43, Mr J. H. Wilson was granted leave to continue his speech when the debate is resumed, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.