WHO’S SIDE ARE THEY ON ANYWAY?
Good idea but will some let it work?
AUSTRALIA’S geographic isolation has ensured its dependence on maritime transport for both essential imports and exports. Various unions have exploited this maritime dependency with a long record of waterfront and shipping disruptions, including during wartime.
Next week Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese will pledge to establish an Australian-flagged “strategic fleet” of up to 12 ships to ensure the nation has guaranteed access to fuel supplies and other essential imports in the event of a natural disaster or international conflict.
In 2016 the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) amalgamated with a reorganised Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU), creating what the ABC described as the country’s “most powerful union”.
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