||Issue No. 319||11 August 2006|
Good Versus Evil
Interview: A Life And Death Matter
Unions: Fighting Back
Industrial: What Cowra Means
Environment: Scrambling for Energy Security
Politics: Page Turner
Economics: The State of Labour
International: Workers Blood For Oil
History: Liberty in Spain
Review: Go Roys, Make A Noise
The Locker Room
The Cruellest Cut
Letters to the Editor
Pimps and Prostitutes
The Howard Government lacks vision, commitment and integrity.
And although, as a member of the National Party, the Minister for Transport, Warren Truss, may be Army Green on the outside, he is still Yellow on the inside and has fled the battle to save Australian Shipping.
As a Stevedore I have serious concerns as to why the Howard Government recently rejected key findings by the Productivity Commission. It recommended repealing Part 10 of the Trade Practices Act which gives foreign shipping companies immunity from key parts of Australian trade practices law.
Like pimps, the Howard Government have embarked upon prostituting our Nations Flag and the environment by favouring sub-standard vessels registered in tax-havens and third world nations that employ low-skilled foreign labour to carry our nations imports and exports.
Each year the Howard Government issues approximately one thousand single voyage and continuous voyage permits (svp-cvp). A recipe for an environmental disaster and a policy that has left our ports open to the threat of terrorist acts-as the Howard Government turns a blind-eye to security checks and balances upon foreign workers and corporations.
The foul stench of the Howard Government's hypocrisy and anti-Australian shipping policies would make an onion cry.
Recently a Flag of Convenience vessel the Alexandros that was inspected by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority in Port Hedland, March 2005 broke apart and sank off the coast of South Africa on the 3rd May 2006.
What is needed is to implement a National Dry-Dock policy that would inspect all vessels that enter Australian waters and on a mandatory three to four year basis, rather than the rubber stamp approvals of the Howard Government.
Such policy would ensure the resurrection of Australia's Merchant Ship building capabilities and provide skills and employment opportunities for future generations.
We also need a commitment that would see Australian crew aboard all vessels trading our waters, such policy would ensure the security of our ports and waterways, protect our environment and support Australian business such as PAN shipping who are not ashamed to fly the Australian flag.
The Howard Government has a problem with all boat people not just refugees!
Sean "Governor" Ambrose, NSW
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