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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2012
34 FORUM 2012 Don Telford, ALC Chairman Opening address In his welcome address, Don Telford, Chairman of the Australian Logistics Council, encouraged industry to tear down the silos that separate sectors and urged members to confront growing uncertainty and competition by being flexible and adaptive. Anthony Albanese, Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, delivered the keynote address, and stressed the key role the industry plays in Australia. He began by quoting the decorated United States General, Robert Barrow, who said, 'Amateurs talk about tactics, but professionals study logistics.' Mr Albanese noted that the country was witnessing structural shifts in the economy, which will be increasingly reliant on ports, the freight industry and connecting infrastructure. He recognised the integral role of ALC, providing government with a single voice on behalf of the freight logistics industry, and urged continued engagement. Mr Albanese used his address to reflect on how the freight logistics industry is changing the economic landscape, using ALC Member Australia Post as an example. He said postal services are much less the bearers of 'snail mail', but rather key players in the growth of e-commerce, delivering goods bought online or auctioned on eBay. To illustrate, he cited Australia Post's 11 per cent increase in parcel deliveries. 'This evolving logistics environment requires an evolving policy response,' Mr Albanese said. Highlighting the federal government's reform agenda, Mr Albanese stressed that the changes in the pipeline stemmed from an expected boom in demand for freight. Growth in freight will climb from 500 billion tonne kilometres in 2010 to an expected one trillion tonne kilometres in 2030, climbing to 1.4 trillion tonne kilometres by the middle of the century. 'That's why the theme of this conference is so important -- "Positioning Australia in the Global Supply Chain",' Mr Albanese said. 'If we want to be competitive abroad, we need to be efficient at home. 'For us to succeed in the global supply chain, our domestic supply chain must be integrated, productive and efficient.' It wasn't long before talk turned to Moorebank; specifically, the two proposed intermodal terminals in Sydney's south-west. The Minister highlighted that the government was investigating the potential of the federal government's proposed intermodal site. '[Moorebank] would be able to handle long interstate trains and connect Port Botany with the M5, M7 and the South Sydney Freight Line, making an enormous improvement to the speed and connectivity of our transport networks,' Mr Albanese said. Mr Albanese said the government is committed to removing unnecessary restrictions and supporting innovation. It is creating single national regulators for the road, rail and maritime sectors, cutting the numbers of transport regulators across Australia from 23 to three by 1 January 2013. 'It will mean an end to the various and inconsistent state-by- state regulatory arrangements that have frustrated operators, stifled efficiency and acted as a handbrake on productivity,' Mr Albanese said. 'This change alone will boost national income by $30 billion over the next 20 years,' Mr Albanese said. He added that the federal government's National Ports Strategy and the National Land Freight Strategy were part of an effort to back up reforms with 'smart planning.' Anthony Albanese, Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport