FEDERAL TASKFORCE NEEDED TO ADDRESS SEAFARER CRISIS

The federal member for Newcastle is calling for a national taskforce to be set up to investigate the crisis affecting seafarers, stuck on ships due to coronavirus.

Sharon Claydon wants the government to investigate allowing some crew exchange.

“We know there are 300,000 to 400,000 seafarers who are imprisoned on these vessels, they can not leave. I mean this is a humanitarian crisis.” (Sharon Claydon)

Crews off Newcastle can’t set foot on dry land, with dire consequences on mental health and safety.
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