Aust urged to copy US law on Navy ships
11:19pm March 18, 2014
The manufacturing workers union wants Australia to copy a 1920 US law which says the US Navy can only operate ships built in the United States.
Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union (AMWU) national assistant secretary Glenn Thompson said through the 1920 Jones Act and other procurement policies, the US government protected American jobs and their national security.
"Australia must follow the USA in this regard," he said in a statement.
[Editor says:doesn't this bloke realise that the Australian shipbuilding industry was killed off years ago, by his political cronies?]
"While the US government stands up for their shipbuilding industry, the Australian government is allowing our shipbuilding work and jobs to be off-shored." (What ship building work - it's lone gone!!)
Australia's shipbuilders are facing what's been termed the "valley of death", the empty period between the end of current naval shipbuilding projects and the start of new projects, when companies will have to lay off skilled workers.
The Jones Act says any US-flagged vessel must be built in the US.
Australian shipbuilders [maybe one - the last survivor!] have won US military contracts but the Jones Act means they must form subsidiaries and build in the US.
Mr Thompson said the US had taken a position that if you want to build ships for the US you must do it at a facility in the States.
"Why can't the Australian government make such a commitment. The recent Defence White Papers showed Australia will need more ships in the future. The government needs to outline how, where and when these ships will be built," he said.
Editor says: that happened years ago, Sunshine!! Where are you getting your material from?