17 December 2015
Labor have again showed their lack of understanding about Tasmania's transport needs, just weeks after voting down provisions that would have provided much needed flexibility for the shipping industry to meet demand peaks.
Senator Richard Colbeck said Labor's comments today about a "freight crisis" show they just don't get it when it comes to ensuring an efficient and cost effective transport sector.
"To just a few weeks ago vote against provisions that would provide more flexibility and capacity in coastal shipping, and then try to blame government for a lack of capacity is simply breathtaking," Senator Colbeck said.
"The restrictions in the current Coastal Shipping Act mean there is little scope to adjust capacity to meet particular needs of Australian and particularly Tasmanian producers.
"Under Labor's reforms there are less vessels, less people employed, less freight being carried and a greater cost to industry. It is hurting farmers and industries that provide an important source of employment in our local communities.
"Labor just don't understand that an efficient and cost effective transport system is vital to Australian and Tasmanian business being able to access national and international markets.
"Their vote in the Parliament against our coastal shipping reforms was a vote against Tasmania."