Warrnambool Coast Guard vessel at risk

Mr PURCELL(Western Victoria) — My constituency question is for the Minister for Emergency Services. I have raised in this place before the issue regarding the replacement of the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard vessel in Warrnambool. On 5 May last year I was advised that the current Warrnambool vessel would be retained; however, it has come to my attention that there is still an issue with that and there are moves afoot to actually remove this vessel and replace it with a smaller one.

I therefore ask the minister to explain why the vessel is now being replaced despite the commitment that was made last year to retain it in Warrnambool.