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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2011
63 FUTURE FREIGHT NETWORKS 2011 ALC provided comment on the draft National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020. ALC agrees with the observation contained on page 11 of the draft strategy that: “Road safety is a shared responsibility. Achieving lasting change in road safety will require governments, industry and the broader community to work together. It will also require significant improvements in the way governments and other organisations manage the safety of our road transport system.” ALC generally endorses the safe system principles (a holistic view of the road transport system and the interactions among roads and roadsides, travel speeds, vehicles and road users) encapsulated in the draft strategy. ALC response reiterated many of the issues canvassed in the ALC Response to the Safe Rates Safe Roads Directions Paper. National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020 Submission on 2011-12 Budget ALC Response to Reforming Australia’s Shipping Discussion Paper In December 2010 the Treasurer invited submissions on priorities for the 2011-12 Budget. ALC responded with a number of proposals on: Transport infrastructure and the planning process; » Taxation mechanisms; » Climate change; » Provision of information along the freight chain; » Investment in infrastructure; and » National Logistics Safety Code. » In December 2010, Minister for Infrastructure & Transport, Anthony Albanese, released a discussion paper entitled Reforming Australia’s Shipping. ALC generally supports the concept of an Australian International Shipping Register, with the objectives of: providing an Australian flag option that is attractive » for ship operators engaged in international trade; boosting the competitiveness of Australian shipping » operations in international trade; and providing a quality flag by maintaining the current » safety, training and environmental standards of the primary (or first) register. In the submission, ALC queried how the proposal to consider the abolition of continuing voyage permits and a reduction in the use of single voyage permits is reflective of international best practice. The restriction on the use of international vessels in domestic shipping, as proposed by the paper, moves Australia from having one of the world’s more liberal cabotage regimes to one of the more restrictive models, thus restricting competition in the Australian domestic sea freight market. ALC hopes the combined effect of the proposed changes to the tax system imposed on shippers and the cabotage system (particularly a possible restriction of single vessel permits to where there are urgent or emergency circumstances) will not mean that the flexibility of being able to send freight by sea is lost. ALC was disappointed the paper was not accompanied by a discussion regulatory impact statement and suggested that should be a priority.