Turnbull hands ship building contract offshore

Off Shore Galore with Turnbull

PM Malcolm Turnbull

PM Turnbull

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has failed his first serious test of political leadership by turning his back on Australian shipbuilders and placing an order for a new Australian icebreaker offshore.

Just a day after the ASC shipyard in Adelaide announced its intention to lay off another 45 workers, and following intensive lobbying for new shipbuilding orders by the South Australian Government, Mr Turnbull has revealed his manufacturing industry policy is no better than Tony Abbott’s.

“This is proof that the new Prime Minister doesn’t understand the crisis that the Coalition has created in the shipbuilding industry,” said Glenn Thompson, Assistant National secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU).

“It’s no use blaming Labor for the state of shipbuilding in Australia. This Government has had an opportunity to build the icebreaker here and has failed to do so,” Mr Thompson said.

“The last Australian icebreaker was built for the Antarctic Division by the Forgacs yard in Newcastle and there is no reason why Australian industry could not complete another similar vessel,” he said. “Except that the Coalition Government excluded Australian companies from taking part in the tender process.”

Mr Thompson said the shipbuilding industry was in crisis because its only customer was the Federal Government and this decision shows the Turnbull Government was as short sighted as its predecessor.

“The new icebreaker is a billion dollar project that should be built here in Australia,’ Mr Thompson said.

“Malcolm Turnbull is touring Australia talking up the need for innovation and enterprise and yet here he is sending jobs offshore as the Australian shipbuilding industry withers on the vine because of a lack of new orders.”

“Mr Turnbull needs to justify to Australian workers who are losing their jobs why his government has failed to back a local build.”

Source: AMWU


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One of the few patriots left who understand the system and how it has been totally subverted under every citizen's nose. If we can help to turn it around we will otherwise our children will have nothing. Our investigations show there is no 'government' of the people for the people of Australia. The removal of the Crown from Australian Parliaments, followed by the incorporation of Parliaments aided by the Australia Act 1987 has left us with corporate government with policies not laws, that apply only to members of political parties and the public service. There is no law, other than the Common Law. This fact will be borne out in the near future as numerous legal challenges in place now, come to a head this year.

Posted on November 2, 2015, in Agenda 2030, agenda21, Corporate Government, General, Labor Party, Liberal National Party, Politics, Unions and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. The intent of the government be it Liberal or the other is to break the economy of the country and destroy any cohesiveness amongst the People.

  2. What BS. If Australia is NOT competitive then it does not deserve the work. Thank the unions for that and don’t blame the pollies.

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