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FUTURE FREIGHT NETWORKS 2013
ALC ADVOCACY AND POLICY SUBMISSIONS
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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