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The Sunday Times - - YOUR SAY WA - NEIL BEVIS For­rest­dale

While there is ev­ery wel­come in­di­ca­tion of con­tin­u­ing ac­tiv­ity in WA’s mar­itime off­shore oil and gas in­dus­try, it is still sad that we con­tinue to see the em­ploy­ment of for­eign sea­far­ers in some seago­ing ranks to the ex­clu­sion of qual­i­fied, trained, un­der­em­ployed and un­em­ployed Aus­tralian sea­far­ers.

What may seem log­i­cal around the board­room and Cabi­net ta­ble is not so com­pre­hen­si­ble to cap­tains, deck of­fi­cers, ma­rine en­gi­neers and the rat­ings on deck as job prospects and ca­reers are be­ing placed in doubt, caus­ing a slump in morale. It is time for Aus­tralian sea­far­ers to be re­as­signed their proper func­tion in the off­shore in­dus­try and our econ­omy.

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