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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2013
56 FORUM 2013 Salt wondered why our capacity to deliver infrastructure is diminished when we are richer than ever before and pay as much tax. He asked whether our relatively poor record with infrastructure was due to record spending on health and education as we get richer, added costs through approval processes, or because the logistics industry was not vocal enough. Penny Winn, Director of Multi-Channel, Woolworths Ltd, praised investment in the digital economy, but said we need investment in the physical economy as well. She said it costs more to send a parcel from Sydney to Perth than it does from Hong Kong to Perth. We need creative thinking on physical infrastructure, or we will have a great digital economy but nothing else. She also predicted that the growth of the digital age would bring with it more 'Click and Collect' programs, and more small trucks. The industry must be proactive in preparing for this growth. Lisa Brock, Executive Manager of Freight, Qantas, said a second airport has to happen in Sydney. It is a global city, and requires extra capacity to deal with growth in freight and passenger numbers. Despite the challenges of nding the right location, Brock was optimistic that we will see positive movement on the issue. On the issue of communicating the economic and social importance of the industry, Salt said the minerals and forestry industries took their argument directly to the people. Is there a case for logistics taking the argument directly to the people? The comment elicited a mixed view from panellists, but there was general consensus that we need to do more. Salt concluded by saying that politicians will respond in a way that will get the most votes. The problem is that the logistics industry has not put the case to the people to force politicians to respond. continued from page 54