In not unexpected but still unwelcome news, we have been informed that sale of the AA to an overseas interest – possibly another government – is imminent.
The RSV Aurora Australis is the only Australian designed, built and crewed ship to serve the Antarctic Program, and the longest-serving ship to do so. She represents a significant part of Australia’s Antarctic and maritime heritage and must not be lost to Australia and Australians.
Her history is made up of the stories of thousands of Australians, from those who built her, to her crew and those who travelled on board to and from the adventure of their lives. Her service has been critical to Australia’s success in the Antarctic for thirty years.
We call upon the Tasmanian State Government and the Federal Government to stop the Aurora Australis leaving Australia, and to consider her heritage value as well as her value as an economic stimulus to the Tasmanian tourism sector.
Please support us!
Public opinion and support will be critical to our success (or otherwise!). Signing to show your support and giving us your survey responses will help us to build a case for the Aurora Australis and/or Australian Antarctic Museum to governments and other agencies.
Please sign the petition and respond to the survey today, and share with your networks!
You can also assist us with an appeal to:
- the Federal Minister for Communications, Cyber Security and the Arts (including heritage matters), the Hon. Paul Fletcher, by contacting his Parliament House office: https://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Parliamentarian?MPID=L6B
- the Tasmanian Premier and Minister for Tourism, Mr Peter Gutwein: http://www.premier.tas.gov.au/cabinet/peter_gutwein
- the Federal Minister for the Environment (including Antarctic matters), the Hon. Sussan Ley https://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Parliamentarian?MPID=00AMN