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Estimates: MV Portland and CSL Melbourne

Senator RICE: I want to continue on with the line of questioning from Senator Conroy and Senator Sterle. In the case of the MV Portland and the Federal Court findings, I understand that the Federal Court found that the minister did not follow the requirements of the Coastal Trading Act in that particular instance, despite finding in favour of the minister, so am I correct in characterising the court's findings in that way?

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Alcoa and Coalition have left MV Portland crew high and dry

Alcoa and Coalition have left MV Portland crew high and dry

The Greens have condemned the actions of Alcoa in removing the crew off the MV Portland in the middle of the night.

“This is a callous and cold-hearted response from Alcoa, aided and abetted by the Coalition government,” said the Australian Greens transport spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

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Greens vote down Turnbull government’s attacks on Australian shipping

Greens vote down Turnbull government’s attacks on Australian shipping

The Greens, Labor and Senate crossbenchers have prevented the government’s attacks on Australian coastal shipping by voting down the Shipping Legislation Amendment Bill 2015.

“The Senate has done its job in blocking this government’s misguided deregulation agenda,” said Senator Janet Rice, the Australian Greens transport spokesperson.

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Shipping deregulation bill to hit choppy waters in the senate

Shipping deregulation bill to hit choppy waters in the senate

The Greens will oppose the Turnbull government’s attempts to deregulate Australian coastal shipping.

“It is vital that we retain a strong local shipping workforce and industry,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens spokesperson for transport.

“The government’s agenda changes will give an unfair competitive advantage to foreign-flagged vessels employing low-waged crew.

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