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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2013
29 FUTURE FREIGHT NETWORKS 2013 ALC ADVOCACY AND POLICY SUBMISSIONS Coastal shipping ALC had success during the year with the Coastal Shipping Bill. ALC wrote to all federal MPs and made submissions to two parliamentary inquiries, urging that the bill pay greater attention to the needs of freight. An amendment to the bill to put the ef cient movement of freight on an equal policy footing to the maintenance of an Australian coastal eet was agreed to. The amendment means the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport may take into account the ef cient movement of cargo between Australian ports when considering whether or not to grant a temporary licence to a foreign agged vessel to engage in coastal trading. Unfortunately, ALC's second proposed amendment -- to remove from the legislation a threshold of ve voyages to be eligible for a temporary licence -- was not supported. ALC called for the legislation (as well as the national transport laws and the Road Safety Remuneration Act) to be the subject of a Productivity Commission inquiry in 2014. Ports A national port strategy was approved by COAG. ALC welcomed the attention given to integrated planning, but was very disappointed that the strategy enshrines the concept of 'opting in' to the national reform agenda -- an anathema to the entire COAG seamless economy agenda. January 2013: Budget and transport success January 2013 was signi cant on two counts federally. Firstly, ALC was delighted to see the commencement of the National Rail Safety Regulator (NRSR) and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR). It was an important milestone, but the journey for truly national laws and regulation in the logistics industry has only just begun, according to ALC Managing Director Michael Kilgariff. He said he hoped that industry and all levels of government would continue the work to achieve the bene ts that would ow from more streamlined regulation and a national approach. Secondly, the Prime Minister named the election day. ALC's Michael Kilgariff called on both sides of politics to analyse the proposals ALC has put forward in its budget submission to support more ef cient supply chains. He called for better infrastructure and more ef cient regulation. NSW Transport The ALC submission to the New South Wales Government on its Long-Term Transport Master Plan discussion paper in May made 16 recommendations relating to road, rail, planning and pricing, which ALC argues are critical to improving supply chain ef ciency in the state. This was followed in October with a submission on the draft plan. ALC agreed with proposals for half a dozen listed infrastructure projects, and a commitment to identify and protect strategic corridors, but expressed concern that the plan lacked de nite starting times or details on how they would be funded. Business Deregulation ALC's submission to the Productivity Commission's Benchmarking on Regulatory Impact Statements called for rigorous cost-bene t analysis of regulatory proposals. The theme of that submission was wound into a submission to the Australian Institute of Company Directors. As an example of ALC's approach to business regulation, an ALC submission to the 'Chemical Security (Precursors to Homemade Explosives) Regulatory Impact Statement' argued for a non- regulatory single code of practice to ensure security at depots. It said the commercial imperative to deliver freight to correct consignees would ensure security. Industrial Relations In September, ALC Managing Director Michael Kilgariff outlined increased union militancy in a speech to an export seminar hosted by the Export Council of Australia and Shipping Australia. He gave as an example the Maritime Union of Australia's threat to stage an international campaign to disrupt Asciano's proposed Port Botany redevelopment and expansion. Asciano predicts the project will increase capacity from 1.15 million to 1.6 million TEU per annum, which will be welcomed by every Australian business that relies on improved port ef ciency and productivity to keep their costs down. ALC believes the keys to unlocking greater waterfront productivity come in the form of capital investment and progressive labour reform. Standards During the year, the rst meeting of an ALC-GS1 Australia working group was held to improve supply chain ef ciency and product traceability. The aim is for greater adoption of global standards for identi cation, information capture and sharing across supply chains. Pallets A wide range of stakeholders met in Melbourne in October to attend the rst ALC Pallet Process Standards Working Group Meeting. ALC set up the group to deliver a more national approach to the development, promotion and implementation of best practice for the use of pallets in Australia.