16 September 2015
The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, joined Peter Brohier the Convenor of National Sea Highway Groups, and Brian Mundy from the National Road Transport Association, to call for more investment to fix the crippling cost of Bass Strait.
“The cost of Bass Strait remains one of the most significant brakes on the Tasmanian economy and the easiest to fix. That as much as $1500 is needed to get a 20 foot container from Hobart to Melbourne, or vice versa, is simply ridiculous.” Mr Wilkie said.
“I welcome the Government’s recent commitment of $202.9 million to extend the Bass Strait Freight Equalisation Scheme to international freight. But there is still no sign of an effective subsidy scheme that would apply to all outbound and inbound people, vehicles and freight.
“The solution is simple. I call again on the Government to implement a sensible and well-funded subsidy for all Bass Strait transport.
“There is also an urgent need for the Tasmanian and federal governments to do something about the Victorian Government’s Port Licence Fee which is a tax on intrastate trade and unconstitutional.”