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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2018
40 ALC EVENTS ALC FORUM 2017 More than 300 leaders from Australia’s freight logistics industry, including major transport companies, policymakers and academics, gathered at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) from 7–9 March 2017 for the industry’s premier annual event, under the banner Getting the Supply Chain Right. ALC Forum 2017 was the first industry-wide gathering of the sector’s key representatives since Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirmed in the November 2016 Annual Infrastructure Statement that the federal government would develop a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy. Accordingly, the major focus of the Forum was on clarifying the industry’s priorities for what the Strategy should contain, and on highlighting the policy reforms that would be needed to ensure its success. The federal government also used ALC Forum to kickstart its consultations with industry on the Strategy, with the then- Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, the Hon Darren Chester MP, releasing the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry Into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities, and announcing the composition of the Expert Panel that would assist the Inquiry. These announcements served to reinforce ALC’s position as the industry leader on freight and supply chain issues, particularly as two members of the Expert Panel were Directors of ALC, and another was a featured speaker at ALC Forum 2017. The two days of discussions that ensued covered the whole gamut of issues that affect the day-to-day operation of Australia’s freight logistics industry, and were the foundation of ALC’s major submission to the Inquiry, Freight Doesn’t Vote. ALC EVENTS Hon Luke Donnellan, Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety