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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2016
97 FUTURE FREIGHT NETWORKS 2016 FORUM 2016 FORUM 2016 Outgoing ALC Chairman Don Telford spoke of the evolution of ALC since he took over the role in mid-2010. Since that time, ALC has expanded to the point where it now speaks for all parts of the supply chain. ALC’s profile in government is the best it has ever been, and the organisation is increasingly called upon to get the industry’s view on issues. At times ALC has been controversial. But Telford said that he is a firm believer in fighting for well thought-out, sensible policies, adding that the issues are too important for ALC to be irrelevant. Telford thanked his Board, and Managing Director Michael Kilgariff, and introduced the new Chair of ALC, Ian Murray AM, who has been on the ALC Board since its inception in 2001. He said Murray had a long and distinguished career in various sectors, as well as having launched the Export Council of Australia. He told delegates that Murray was the best person to build links between the business community and the logistics industry. Murray explained how ALC came about: Former Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Transport Minister John Anderson was concerned that he was hearing from 100 or more companies from across the supply chain, and not getting the input he needed or a true picture of the industry. Consequently, Anderson invited a number of key players from across the industry to form the Australian Logistics Council, so that he and the government could get input on the supply chain from people at the highest level. Murray explained how ALC refined its policy focus to concentrate on three critical issues: infrastructure, regulation and safety. In addition to concentrating on these three major issues, ALC decided it must relocate to Canberra in order to be an effective voice that gets the ear of government. Murray said the success of ALC was perhaps best illustrated by the fact that when Tony Abbott took government, he said the first thing he would do was cut red tape, and that he wanted to be known as ‘the minister for infrastructure’. Murray thanked Telford for his six-year stewardship, and credited him for putting in place a number of organisational and policy changes that have reinforced ALC as the peak industry body for Australia’s logistics industry. Don Telford, Former ALC Chairman Ian Murray AM, ALC Chairman Outgoing ALC Chairman Don Telford, and new ALC Chairman Ian Murray AM