In our March and May 2015 updates on Australian coastal trading reform we reported on the government’s intention to scrap the existing coastal trading regime which was introduced by the previous (Labour) Government through the Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Act 2012.
On 25 June 2015 the Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Mr Warren Truss, tabled the anticipated reform legislation, Shipping Legislation Amendment Bill 2015, which, as he had foreshadowed, aims to simplify the regulatory process for the movement of cargo and passengers around the Australian coast by removing the existing multi tiered licensing system and replacing it with a single permit available for both Australian and foreign ships.
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