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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2012
26 ALC advOCaCY aNd POLICY SUBMISSIONS ALC advocacy and Policy Submissions Throughout 2011, ALC made major submissions to government about proposals that would affect the efficiency of the supply chain in significant ways. Governments at all levels have passed laws or have major proposals on the table that have the potential to severely impact upon the industry. These include: National Land Freight Strategy • National Transport Reforms • Carbon Tax • COAG Road Reform Plan • Tax Summit • Safe Rates • Workplace health and Safety • Economic Regulation of Airports • The role of local government as economic • regulator COAG future reform agenda • Shipping reforms • National Food Plan • A Corporate Approach to Road Safety • NTC Review of Australian Road Rules and • Australian Vehicle Standards Productivity Commission Report on the • Impacts of the COAG Reforms Maritime Safety • Other ALC Events and Advocacy: ALC Forum • Decision Makers Dinners • Chairman’s Dinner • National Land Freight Strategy In May 2011, ALC expressed its concerns about piecemeal and uncoordinated approaches in its response to the National Freight Strategy Discussion Paper. The paper, developed by Infrastructure Australia and launched in February at the ALC Forum 2011 by Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, was designed to promote debate about infrastructure for freight in the future. ALC acknowledged that the Draft Land Freight Strategy goes some way towards achieving a more coordinated approach, but called for more detail on the development of a national policy aligning planning, pricing and regulation. ALC warned that freight could not be dealt with unless passenger demands were also considered, and that planning for road transport, on one hand, and rail, on the other, should not be done in isolation, but together. ALC put forward its vision of a single overarching land transport regulator called Freight Australia. ALC called for competitive neutrality between road and rail transport. It supported the recommendation of the Henry Tax Review for a national road tax agreement between the federal, state and territory governments and said that one body should be charged with leading the reform effort. ALC called for a more formal structure to ensure freight demands were considered in land-use decisions, particularly in ‘the last mile’, and suggested that Commonwealth funding might be needed. It also supported the concept of an inland port, subject to strict cost-benefit analysis. ALC will continue to liaise with Infrastructure Australia on behalf of industry, as it finalises the strategy before submitting it to COAG in 2012.