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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2014
25 fUTUre freiGHT neTWorKS 2014 ALC POLICY ALC pointed out the urgent need for the airport to meet the increased demand for time-sensitive freight into Sydney, as well as the benefits of introducing price competition into the Sydney air- transport market. ‘Time to Deliver’ identified the importance of improving the infrastructure effort to build and improve dedicated rail, port and intermodal facilities in major cities. ALC helped generate more debate on recycling public assets to the private sector to free up funds for government to invest in new infrastructure projects that would be beyond the private sector’s capacity, at least in the start- up phase. ALC also promoted the idea of making it easier to direct some of the $1.6 trillion superannuation pool into infrastructure. Proposals to use the superannuation pool for infrastructure engendered lively debate at the 2013 ALC Forum, and since then, ALC has developed the idea further and gathered more support for it. ALC has also argued that cash-strapped state governments are unlikely to be able to come up with the money to build critical infrastructure. ALC has argued that a major rethinking is needed with regard to financing infrastructure if Australia is to meet the freight task and improve living standards. Asset recycling and unlocking superannuation funds are part of that rethinking. ‘Time to Deliver’ also called for a review of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, arguing that it was a cause of regulatory overlap. After the election, in November, Employment Minister Eric Abetz announced just such a review – which was very much welcomed by ALC. In announcing the review, Senator Abetz echoed ALC’s view that safety on Australian roads should be handled by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, without the need for another body. In all, ALC considers that ‘Time to Deliver’ contributed significantly to achieving some important results for the Australian logistics industry. ALC ELECTION PRIORITIES 2013 TIME TO DELIVER