Millions for the strategic fleet in the federal budget

THE federal government is providing $6.3 million in 2022-23 to establish the Fleet Strategic Working Group.

The objective of the task force is to provide advice to the government on the establishment of a strategic fleet of vessels to ensure continued access to fuel and other essential imports.

In a statement, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Catherine King, said Australia was dependent on maritime trade and that many Australian regional industries depended on maritime transport to transport large volumes of goods both nationally and internationally.

“The Albanian government will establish an Australian Maritime Strategic Fleet which will enhance our economic sovereignty and enhance national security, consisting of up to 12 Australian-flagged and crewed vessels,” she said.

“The budget funds the task force which has been appointed by the government to provide advice to guide its decision-making on establishing the fleet.”

The composition of the Strategic Fleet Task Force was announced earlier this month.

John Mullen will chair the working group. Other task force members include MIAL CEO Angela Gillham, MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin, Woodside Non-Executive Director Sarah Ryan (who also sits on the boards of Aurizon, Viva Energy , OZ Minerals and others) and Major General Jason Walk.

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