Slave ship protest
A number of the sacked workers were present at the gathering. For the time being, it appears the company has successfully exploited a gap in federal and state legislation to keep the workers on board the floating abalone farm on 12-month contracts.
The incredible saga began late last year when Hong Kong-based Destiny Shipping took over the ship in question from another Hong Kong firm, SAOE. An extensive refit of the ship was carried out. Destiny Abalone Group took over management of the ship and sacked all but four of the 20-plus Australian crew from the Destiny Queen and hired Ukrainian and Chinese seafarers instead. The company applied for and got approval from the Primary Industries and Resources authorities in South Australia to carry on its operation; a spokesman for the department later saying the welfare of the crew "was none of our business". Read more