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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2013
26 ALC ADVOCACY AND POLICY SUBMISSIONS During the year, ALC made 18 major submissions to national and state parliamentary and other inquiries, and engaged in advocacy. The topics covered were: • Efficient Freight • Heavy Vehicles • Safety • National Transport Commission • Local Government • Infrastructure • Airports • Coastal Shipping • Ports • NSW Transport Masterplan • Business Deregulation • Industrial Relations • Standards • Pallets. Efficient Freight ‘Towards an Efficient Freight Network – a review of progress in tackling blockages to freight efficiency’ is a new report commissioned by ALC to analyse what action has been taken on 23 critical supply chain blockages identified in an earlier ALC report in 2008. The report, by Economic Connections Pty Ltd, looks at the extent to which the blockages have been considered by Infrastructure Australia in their reports to government. The report makes some high-level recommendations designed to stimulate policy debate within industry and government to achieve a more efficient freight future. For example, it recommends that Infrastructure Australia undertakes transparent and detailed public reporting on strategies and infrastructure proposals recommended to IA. This would apply more pressure to translate methodologies, plans and assessments into action. In September, Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese released the National Land Freight Strategy Update, which outlines a vision to establish the concept of ‘places for freight’ in Australia. It embraced a number of the key points made by ALC on the national freight strategy discussion paper, particularly those on the need to ensure there is a more coordinated approach to maximise performance and safety. ALC wrote to Minister Albanese expressing concern that the success of the strategy update relies almost entirely on action by the states, asking what action the federal government would take to ensure that action, and seeking assurance that current infrastructure funding commitments to the states and territories will be honoured this financial year. Advocacy and Policy Submissions ALC 1880_Future Freight 2013.indd 26 10/05/13 1:52 PM