Local Greens slam Labor Sam Dastyari’s ill-founde​d comments regarding building ships in Newcastle

MV Collaroy built in Newcastle in 1988

MV Collaroy built in Newcastle in 1988

The Greens at federal, state and local levels have always supported a shipbuilding industry in Newcastle. Contrary to Sam Dastyari’s assertions, the Greens champion high-level skills based manufacturing industries such as ship-building.

“We believe that the revitalisation of boat and shipbuilding and shipwright services in Newcastle is key to its long-term survival as a sustainable working port,” said Greens candidate for Newcastle, Cr Michael Osborne.

“The continued decline of the ship-building industry in Newcastle can be squarely blamed on the short-sighted policies of Labor and Liberal governments at both the state and federal levels. They have failed to effectively mobilise Newcastle’s highly developed manufacturing capacity,” said Greens candidate for Newcastle, Cr Michael Osborne.

“Building ships for commercial coastal transport and passenger service makes a lot more sense for ongoing employment and boosting the economy than building war vessels,” said Jane Oakley, Greens candidate for Charlestown.

“Not only ships, but the entire NSW public transport fleet could be built here – ferries, trains, buses.  The Hunter could have a rolling program of steady and stable manufacturing employment to supply a first class public transport system,” said Jane Oakley, Greens candidate for Charlestown.

“The Hunter has the skills base we need right now to produce ships that utilise the latest technologies used by high-end military and other manufacturers. Except that we want to use that expertise to make ships that are efficient, that protect the marine environment and contribute to economic well-being of the country.  That kind of expertise could also be used to grow a local renewable energy industry,” said Jane Oakley, Greens candidate for Charlestown.

“Not only has local manufacture of all kinds been allowed to decline in the name of economic rationalism, we have ceased providing the necessary high level skills training through TAFE,” said Jane Oakley, Greens candidate for Charlestown.

Media contact: Michael Osborne 0439 442984

Jane Oakley 0401 867 080

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