Call to re­lax the bur­den on ves­sels

Whitsunday Times - - LIFE - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

QUEENS­LAND Trea­surer Cur­tis Pitt has called on the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to un­wind su­pery­acht re­stric­tions.

Cit­ing is­sues in the realm of tax­a­tion, reg­u­la­tion, bor­der con­trol and in­fra­struc­ture, Mr Pitt said re­forms rec­om­mended by Su­pery­acht Aus­tralia would de­liver more eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity, par­tic­u­larly in the Whitsundays.

Some of the is­sues put for­ward by Su­pery­acht Aus­tralia in­clude ex­empt­ing for­eign flagged ves­sels from the 10% GST tax for im­port­ing ves­sels into Aus­tralia and mak­ing visa ar­range­ments for su­pery­acht crew mem­bers “less bur­den­some”.

Daw­son MP Ge­orge Chris­tensen wel­comed the call.

“I would en­cour­age the State La­bor trea­surer to lobby his col­leagues in Can­berra on that be­cause pre­vi­ously they have had a strong vent against re­lax­ing any­thing on for­eign flagged su­pery­achts,” he said.

Abell Point Ma­rina mar­ket­ing and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager Josce­lyn O’Keefe said they were in favour of re­form.

“Paul (Dar­rouzet) and Su­pery­acht Aus­tralia have spent a lot of time lob­by­ing for this re­form and fully sup­port pro­posed changes to the re­stric­tions,” she said.

PHOTO: SHARON SMALL­WOOD

SU­PER: Queens­land Trea­surer Cur­tis Pitt wants fed­eral reg­u­la­tions on for­eign ves­sels eased.

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