Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania



23 August 2017

Rene Hidding, Minister for Infrastructure

Tasmania the natural home of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority

As Minister responsible for Marine and Safety Tasmania, I have been negotiating with the Australian Government for a better deal for Tasmania in the transition to a national system for marine safety management, which formally commences on 1 July 2018.

I welcome the call by Senator Jonathan Duniam to relocate the Australian Maritime Safety Authority to Tasmania.

We have already succeeded in having a number of senior national positions established in Tasmania but a good case exists for the entire national agency to be established in Australia’s maritime State.

We are the  home of the Australian Maritime College, a strong commercial fishing sector, a booming aquaculture industry with a very large fleet and a renowned ship and boat-building industry.

While the transition to a national system commenced six years ago, I have argued for a better deal for Tasmania at every national Ministerial Council since becoming the Minister in 2014 and have maintained this stance in direct negotiations with senior executives of AMSA.

I commend Senator Duniam for joining our effort and the Tasmanian Government fully endorses Tasmania as the natural home of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.



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