"That's why the Pacific Maritime Training Services program, which has called Tasmania home for the last 28 years through AMC Search, should be staying in the world's best maritime state."
Tasmanian Minister for Advanced Manufacturing and Defence Industries, Jeremy Rockliff, said Queensland should keep its hands off Tasmania's maritime training school.
Member for Cairns, Michael Healy, announced $10,000 for TAFE Queensland to bid for the contract that would create 17 local jobs to provide training to around 160 students from the Pacific who would go on to crew 21 Guardian-class patrol boats under Australia's Defence Cooperation Program.
The Pacific Maritime Training Program, run through the Australian Maritime College (AMC) since 1992, has trained 2,300 navy and police personnel in patrol boat operations with students travelling from twelve Pacific island nations and Timor-Leste.
Queensland has been told to keep its hands off a maritime training project that has been run in Tasmania for almost 30 years.
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