Issue:  Moving freight by ship is a transportation option utilised by many producers who are attracted to it for its cost effectiveness and flexibility.  However, legislative changes enacted by the last parliament resulted in Australia moving from one of the most open cabotage arrangements in the world to one of the most restrictive.  It is worth noting that no additional Australian flagged vessels have joined the fleet following the successful passage of the legislation. 

ALC position:  A review of the legislation is required to test whether the Act is meeting its objectives with a view to remove those options that impede the efficient operation of the coastal trade.  See ALC press release welcoming the Coalition’s planned review of the shipping laws.