Intervention needed with union refusing to unload critical emergency supplies

The Liberal Nationals are calling on the State Government to intervene with a union refusing to unload critical emergency supplies including hand sanitisers and face masks on a Melbourne wharf.

Wharfies are refusing to unload the ship from China which docked on Tuesday despite the ship being cleared by both Australian Border Force and the Department of Agriculture’s biosecurity agency.

The Minister for Ports Melissa Horne must step in and ensure these critical supplies aren’t further delayed because the union is trying to stamp its authority during this crisis.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Ports and Freight, Roma Britnell:

“This ship is carrying critical supplies needed by our doctors, nurses and paramedics to fight the coronavirus. Now is not the time for a union to beat its chest and stamp it’s authority and the Minister must step in to get these items off the ship as soon as possible.

“Border Force at the biosecurity agencies have been vigilant with cargo since the crisis began late last year and have policies in place. The union has no expertise in determining these risks.

“Everyone is working together to try and make sure items are flowing from our ports to where they need to be.”

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