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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2013
8 MANAGING DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE It has been a year of building relationships, building on past work and gearing ourselves for a pivotal year in 2013. ALC recognises the need for serious groundwork on new streamlined regulatory regimes, and new infrastructure architecture, but we need to see federal and state governments move from the consultative and exploratory stages to action. Over the past several years, ALC has vigorously pushed an agenda for national regulatory regimes in heavy vehicles, rail and maritime safety with some success; however, proposals and plans are no substitute for action on the ground. Our experience in 2012 indicates a need for keeping the pressure on all levels of government to move from reform proposals to reform action. We have had some considerable success in 2012, in seeing long-held positions being converted into legislation, but the task is not easy or short-term. During the year, we continued to build on relationships with local government, and further cemented relations with counterparts internationally, particularly within APEC. I feel sure that this groundwork will pay dividends in the future. In the past year, ALC has been even more active than in previous years to put before government, and the public in general, the case for improving and investing in infrastructure, and ensuring effective and ef cient regulation in the logistics industry. ALC has made major submissions to parliamentary, governmental and other inquiries during the year. We have had three major concerns in 2012. Firstly, atlining productivity levels in the transport sector, which can be attributed to a range of factors, including an inconsistent regulatory framework, poor infrastructure and urban planning, and increased union militancy in the sector. On this nal point, ALC will continue to scrutinise proposals that may have an adverse impact on productivity, ef ciency and safety in the freight logistics industry. Secondly, ALC is concerned that the reform agenda must not falter at the planning stage, but must be translated to action. Thirdly, ALC is concerned that the federal government is displaying a tendency to leave too much of the burden for the provision of infrastructure and for the regulatory reform effort with the states, without an adequate underpinning of funding or measures to ensure that the states perform. That said, ALC looks forward to the challenges that will be presented in an election year federally, and more generally in convincing all levels of government and the public at large of the importance of a productive, ef cient and safe logistics industry. Michael Kilgariff ALC Managing Director and CEO Planning is ne, but, ultimately, action is what counts for the logistics industry