Labor Leader Bryan Green has written to the Fair Work Ombudsman and Department of Immigration requesting an investigation into the refurbishment of the Spirit of Tasmania ferries.

“Tasmanians deserve to know how more than $30 million in public money was spent,” Mr Green said.

“Trimline has revealed 44 per cent of the 330 workers employed on the project were from overseas.

“That’s 132 foreign workers on a project the Liberal Government promised would be undertaken by local employees and contractors.

“It appears Tasmanian workers and contractors have been left with only a small percentage of the project’s value.
“Senior Liberal Ministers have refused to reveal how many foreign workers were employed on the project.

“We now know why they were keen to dodge the question.

“I’ve requested that the Department of Immigration and the Fair Work Ombudsman investigate whether the application and administration of the 457 visa program has been properly adhered to.
“Employers are required to conduct labour market testing to prove that there is a shortage of skilled labour when applying for 457 visas.
“Was appropriate labour market testing undertaken? What was the outcome of labour market testing?
“These are all legitimate questions that the Liberal Government must answer.”

Bryan Green MP Labor Leader