When workers on MV Portland were replaced in the dead of night by exploited foreign crews on as little as $2 an hour, it created a new low point in the destruction of Australian jobs.

And now thousands of workers livelihoods are in jeopardy.

Only by taking a stand and sending a message to the Government can we stop workers like Zach and Dale being thrown on the scrapheap.

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To Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

We express our disgust at your government’s betrayal of Australian workers.


We call on you to:

[1] immediately respect the provisions of the Shipping Act and ensure Australian intra-coastal trade is crewed by Australians
[2] instruct your Transport Minister to cease issuing licenses to circumvent these laws
[3] ensure that Australia labour conditions are enforced within Australian borders.

Additionally we call on you to review your government’s decision to end support for the Australian automotive industry and explain how you intend assisting the thousands of workers whose livelihoods are in jeopardy.

Finally we demand you ensure the integrity of the 457 visa system and ensure that Australian workers are not being materially disadvantaged.

We call on you to lead a government that stands up for Australian jobs, not one that destroys them.

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About the campaign

The Problem

The Problem

We deserve a government that stands up for Australian jobs, not one that destroys them.

The MV Portland

The MV Portland

Portland five – seafarers sacked and replaced with exploited foreign workers.

Zach and Dale’s Story

Zach and Dale’s Story

“We pay taxes here, we buy things here, we have mortgage here.”