Hope tax cuts sail through

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - CHRIS CALCINO chris.calcino@news.com.au

THE Far North marine in­dus­try is cau­tiously op­ti­mistic about a Fed­eral Govern­ment plan to drive growth in the su­pery­acht in­dus­try by re­mov­ing ex­or­bi­tant taxes on op­er­a­tors.

Tourism Min­is­ter Steven Ciobo an­nounced the govern­ment would “re­move the pro­hib­i­tive costs re­lated to the im­por­ta­tion of a ves­sel and re­duce the re­quired num­ber of char­tered voy­ages from five to one” in an ef­fort to build the lu­cra­tive in­dus­try.

The Fed­eral Op­po­si­tion re­mains un­con­vinced leg­is­la­tion in­tro­duced to par­lia­ment on Wed­nes­day would achieve that goal. A spokesman says La­bor will go over the amend­ments with a fine-tooth comb be­fore de­cid­ing whether to sup­port the Bill.

Op­po­si­tion tourism spokesman An­thony Al­banese sug­gested the govern­ment had raised the white flag on hav­ing a func­tional do­mes­tic ship­ping in­dus­try.

“This is a govern­ment that has been pre­pared to de­stroy the Aus­tralian ship­ping in­dus­try be­cause, rather than hav­ing Aus­tralian work­ers who are mem­bers of unions, it prefers to have for­eign work­ers be­ing paid for­eign wages on for­eign­flagged ships around our coasts,” he said.

Cairns su­pery­acht agent Car­rie Carter stopped short of cel­e­brat­ing the leg­is­la­tion’s in­tro­duc­tion to par­lia­ment.

“We’ve been fight­ing for it for 10 years now so I don’t want to jeop­ar­dise it,” she said.

“It’s great we’ve got the sup­port. Let’s just hope the rest of them come on board to pull this over the line.

“It’s still too early to re­ally com­ment on.”

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