Election commitment for U Tas maritime college

Labor has a new maritime industry and education resource set to sail

Labor promises $20m for stage one of a new “innovation and design” precinct (a flash name for a building) at the Australian Maritime College campus at Launceston.  The site will house will house SMEs which will want to use test labs and workshops for maritime engineering at the University of Tasmania college. “The precinct will bring together in one place industry research and development resources with the specialised education and training of the University of Tasmania,” Labor says.

This should cheer up the AMC, where people were not pleased when then defence industry minister Christopher Pyne announced the Adelaide-based college, to provide skilled workers for the navy’s building programme (CMM March 29 2017).  As Labor’s Kim Carr said at yesterday’s announcement; “it would be a lot fairer if Christopher Pyne actually built a genuinely national naval shipbuilding program and not a domestic marginal seats program, which is what’s happened in South Australia.”


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