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  • Invest in shared future, Sound Telegraph 18/09/2019

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  • Maritime Union of Australia stages noisy protest against Kwinana outer harbour, The West Australian 18/09/2019

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    The militant Maritime Union of Australia has stepped up its campaign against the McGowan Government’s plan to build a new port - launching a noisy protest in Fremantle this morning.

    The MUA, which dramatically quit WA’s peak union body last week, fronted a public meeting of the Westport Taskforce at the Esplanade Hotel, with members attempting to shout down discussions around an outer harbour in Kwinana.

    MUA members then left the forum to stage a protest outside the office of Labor frontbencher and MP for Fremantle, Simone McGurk, shutting down traffic.

    MUA WA boss Christy Cain said the protest would...

    The militant Maritime Union of Australia has stepped up its campaign against the McGowan Government’s plan to build a new port - launching a noisy protest in Fremantle this morning.

    The MUA, which dramatically quit WA’s peak union body last week, fronted a public meeting of the Westport Taskforce at the Esplanade Hotel, with members attempting to shout down discussions around an outer harbour in Kwinana.

    MUA members then left the forum to stage a protest outside the office of Labor frontbencher and MP for Fremantle, Simone McGurk, shutting down traffic.

    MUA WA boss Christy Cain said the protest would be the first of many in coming months as the union sought to make the future of the port a major election issue in 2021.

    “The McGowan Government and the member for Fremantle should be supporting Fremantle not an Outer Harbour when there is no need for one,” Mr Cain said.

    “This is going to be an election issue make no mistake about it.”

    State Treasurer Ben Wyatt slammed the MUA, saying they were a “menace” to the WA economy.

    “They don’t have any interest in the economy of Western Australia, they have no interest in creating jobs for West Australians, they have a narrow interest in their own self interest and I don’t pay any attention to some of the comments they now make,” Mr Wyatt said.

    Asked if the Government should cut ties with the MUA, Mr Wyatt said Mark McGowan had effectively already done that when he ordered last year that Mr Cain should have no access to his office.

    “We are an export State and this sort of rhetoric, this sort of behaviour has no place here,” Mr Wyatt said.

    The MUA quit the State’s top union body last week, Unions WA, complaining it could not be part of a group that had members campaigning against the long term future of Fremantle Port.

    The MUA, who are part of the so-called Progressive Labor faction, where among unions that dramatically stormed out of WA Labor’s State conference last month in the middle of a welcome to country ceremony and tribute to Labor hero Bob Hawke.

    Mr Cain has been at war with Mr McGowan for some months.

    The State Labor Government promised to build an outer harbour as an alternative port to Fremantle at the State election as part of its counter argument to the construction of the Roe 8 and 9 Highway extensions.


  • Mark McGowan comments on MUA protest at Westport event, 6PR 18/09/2019

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  • Mark McGowan comments on MUA's protest, ABC 18/09/2019

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  • Port Protest, Channel 9 18/09/2019

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    Angry protestors gathered in the middle of Fremantle this morning.

    The furious workers are up in arms over the future of the port amid plans for a new harbour at Kwinana.

    Mia Egerton-Warburton has the details.

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    Angry protestors gathered in the middle of Fremantle this morning.

    The furious workers are up in arms over the future of the port amid plans for a new harbour at Kwinana.

    Mia Egerton-Warburton has the details.

    Watch the segment here...

  • 'Freo is a working-class town': Unions take to streets over port's future, WAtoday 18/09/2019

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    By Cameron Myles

    Union members took to the streets of Fremantle on Wednesday morning, protesting plans for a new container port in Kwinana which they say spells the end of Fremantle Port and will cost wharfie jobs.

    The Maritime Union of Australia march coincided with a community forum organised by Westport Taskforce, the group charged with investigating options for WA’s port future.

    Opposition to plans for a container port in Kwinana has intensified since the taskforce released its shortlist last month, with only two of its options proposing to keep Fremantle Port and share the container trade with Kwinana.

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    By Cameron Myles

    Union members took to the streets of Fremantle on Wednesday morning, protesting plans for a new container port in Kwinana which they say spells the end of Fremantle Port and will cost wharfie jobs.

    The Maritime Union of Australia march coincided with a community forum organised by Westport Taskforce, the group charged with investigating options for WA’s port future.

    Opposition to plans for a container port in Kwinana has intensified since the taskforce released its shortlist last month, with only two of its options proposing to keep Fremantle Port and share the container trade with Kwinana.

    No option suggested keeping Fremantle in its current capacity as WA’s only container port. This led to uproar from the MUA, which claimed Freo could handle double its trade volume – currently about 700,000 twenty-foot equivalent units a year – without any major road upgrades.

    The MUA claims a new port in Kwinana would result in more trucks on roads, not fewer, and modelling used to justify the project relied on every Perth resident tripling their consumption of goods by 2068.

    The potential for increased automation at a new container port also raised fears thousands of wharfie jobs could be on the line if the plans go ahead.

    Westport chair Nicole Lockwood has previously said $4.7 billion of works would be needed to address the road “funnel” heading into Fremantle Port, and that building Roe 8 – which wasn’t factored into Westport investigations after being scrapped by the McGowan government – would not make a difference to the situation.

    Environmental impacts of a new port in Cockburn Sound have also been cited in opposition to the plans, and Westport is at pains to remind critics nothing is yet set in stone.

    Union members flooded the conference room at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle, where the community forum was being held on Wednesday, before marching to the office of Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk, who they accused of voting against the future of the port town and wharfie jobs.

    MUA WA branch secretary Christy Cain told the crowd Ms McGurk would lose her seat at the next election “if she doesn’t support Fremantle Port”.

    Plans for an outer harbour container port have opened rift in WA’s labour movement, with the MUA last week dumping its decades-long affiliation with UnionsWA.

    The move came in the wake of a bitter debate at WA Labor’s state conference, where MUA members walked out amid allegations a maritime union delegate’s credentials were challenged by factional forces aligned to the WA Premier Mark McGowan.

    Mr Cain said last week MUA members were furious other unions had voted with the government against the push to safeguard Fremantle Port’s future.

    Addressing the union crowd outside Ms McGurk’s office on Wednesday, CFMEU WA state secretary said: “Fremantle is a working-class town.”

    Mr Cain told the crowd the future of the port was an “election issue”, and “unless [you] support the position of Fremantle Port, you’re going Simone McGurk”.



  • Cain MUA rally, 6PR 18/09/2019

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  • Fears harbour will put fishery at risk, Sunday Times 15/09/2019

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  • 'The forgotten ones' North Fremantle copping it all, Fremantle Herald 14/09/2019

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  • Saturday Breakfast, ABC radio Perth, 14/09/2019

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