Liberal Senator Claire Chandler has used a speech in the Senate to support a Tasmanian solution for the future of passenger transportation across Bass Straight.

Speaking to the Senate during a recent Parliamentary sitting, Senator Chandler said local boatbuilder, Incat, could provide an option where a locally built catamaran could be added to the Spirit of Tasmania route.

“One option available is to keep the two existing Spirits, which are still perfectly functional and will be until at least 2028, and add a Tasmanian-built Incat catamaran to the route,” Senator Chandler said.

“I recently visited Incat to see first hand some of the great work they are doing, and it was great to see an innovative local business create jobs right here in Tasmania.”

Senator Chandler said the economic implications of the coronavirus pandemic meant it was imperative that industries and jobs in the Tasmania should take precedence, and was the focus of her ‘Tasmania Back in Business’ campaign.

“To have thousands of Tasmanians working for the next two years on a new vessel built on the Derwent River and with components manufactured across the state is exactly the type of local manufacturing outcome we need right now,” Senator Chandler said.

“We need to challenge the status quo, which has been that it’s easier to have things manufactured overseas.

“What’s the better plan for local jobs? Spend $850 million in Finland, or spend a fifth of that in Tasmania and directly create work for thousands of Tasmanians?

The Senator’s speech can be viewed here: