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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2012
8 MANAGING DIRECTOR’S MESSaGE In the past year ALC has significantly increased its advocacy role. As Australia’s freight task continues to expand – perhaps tripling by 2050 – it is imperative that the transport and logistics supply chain operates as efficiently and effectively as possible. In 2011, ALC was vigilant in scrutinising proposals from all levels of government that might impact upon efficiency. It did so in the national interest and the interests of the industry. ALC has presented rigorous and detailed responses to government proposals and issues. ALC has opposed changes that add unnecessary bureaucracy, impose unfair or uneven taxation, or put sectional or regional interests ahead of the national interest. And it has promoted national standards, more streamlined regulation and better spending on infrastructure. 2011 has also been a busy year of public advocacy. ALC has presented views through the media and at industry forums highlighting the interests that consumers, as well as industry, have in an efficient supply chain. ALC has now positioned itself as the ‘go-to’ organisation representing the major and national companies participating in the Australian freight transport and logistics supply chain. ALC is now more than a third through its 2011–2013 Strategic Plan, which had this as one of its major aims. Future Freight Networks summarises many of the issues that ALC has canvassed over the past year. In the coming year, ALC will continue to focus on national legislation and regulations for the industry and the provision of nationally significant infrastructure. 2012 promises to be a decisive year for the freight and logistics industry, and ALC will be very active on a number of issues. In so doing, ALC will continue to strengthen its position as the peak body and nationally recognised voice of the major and national companies participating in the Australian freight transport and logistics supply chain industry. I look forward to working with you in the future. Michael Kilgariff Managing Director Australian Logistics Council