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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2013
34 FORUM 2013 FORUM 2013 Don Telford set the scene in his opening remarks by noting that the two-day gathering is a forum, not a conference, and it has participants, not speakers. He said that the role of ALC is unique in Australia, given that it is the organisation that represents many of Australia's largest logistics companies, with a focus on the productivity, ef ciency and safety of the supply chain. The voice of ALC is important, and will continue to: • say what needs to be said • say it when and where it needs to be said. The Forum theme, 'Productivity, Ef ciency, Safety', has dominated the ALC focus over the past 12 months, and will continue to do so in 2013. Some major pieces of legislation went through the National Parliament in the past year, including the road safety remuneration tribunal, and the shipping reforms and the national transport regulators for rail and marine safety, as well as heavy vehicles. Mr Telford paid tribute to Minister Anthony Albanese and ALC Deputy Chair Andrew Ethell on the transport laws, with both playing an integral role in getting the Heavy Vehicle National Law to where it is today. Mr Telford said ALC would continue to push for a truly national transport system to unlock the $30 billion worth of bene ts under this reform. There are still some important details to nalise in order to ensure that we have in place a truly national system by 1 July 2013. Some solid long-term planning on improving supply chain ef ciency has also been released in the last year. For example, the National Ports Strategy has been released, and the National Land Freight Strategy is close to being nalised. ALC provided signi cant input to both. The past 12 months have not, however, been without their challenges. The transport sector has also borne the brunt of increased industrial disputation, which affects not only our own industry, but the broader economy as well. Nationally, in the 12 months to September 2012, there were 221 industrial disputes -- 24 more than in the previous year. Days lost rose to more than 300,000, from 215,000 the previous year. Mr Telford said the long-running saga of a second Sydney airport is a disgrace. The DAY 1 Welcome address Don Telford Don Telford ALC Chairman