first_imgFerguson’s dud boat costs taxpayers another $3.3 million Tasmanian LaborBoat cost more than $10 million then out of service for monthsRepairs added $3.3 million to bill for taxpayersEffort to recover funds may end up in courtMichael Ferguson has provided further evidence today of why he cannot be trusted to keep any seafaring vessel on course, revealing that repairs to troubled King Island boat the John Duigan have cost Tasmanian taxpayers further millions.Shadow Infrastructure Minister Shane Broad said the vessel – built in Malaysia two years ago and purchased by the government at a cost of more than $10 million – promptly broke down twice soon after going into service because it struggles to handle the conditions on Bass Strait.Dr Broad said it had been revealed in Government Business Enterprise scrutiny hearings today that the John Duigan’s two trips to dry dock for repairs and its months out of service had left taxpayers with a bill of $3.3 million.“This is yet another shipping disaster with Michael Ferguson’s fingerprints all over it,” Dr Broad said.“This government – and this Minister – have badly let down not only Tasmanian taxpayers with a dud boat, but King Island residents who have been forced to suffer for years as their concerns have fallen on deaf ears.“Mr Ferguson and the government still appear willing to experiment on Bass Strait with a vessel that’s not fit for the tough conditions.“Today we also discovered that Mr Ferguson and the government are now in dispute with the boat’s insurers so the cost for its repairs may either end up in court or never be recouped.“The Liberal’s mishandling of this whole mess proves they can’t be trusted to handle Bass Strait shipping.”Shane Broad MPShadow Minister for Infrastructure /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Bass, boat, business, court, disaster, Discovery, dispute, Ferguson, Government, infrastructure, Malaysia, Minister, Tasmania, Tasmanian Labor, Tassielast_img