Home' Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2014 Contents 28
AFTER THE ELECTION:
CHAINS, A STRONGER
Stronger Supply Chains, A Stronger Australia outlines
ten critical logistics issues requiring ongoing
government focus and attention to improve supply
chain efficiency in Australia.
1 Reducing Red Tape
2 Harnessing Greater Private Sector
Investment in Infrastructure
3 Improved Project Identification
4 A National Approach to Freight
5 A Nationally Consistent Regulatory
6 Getting More Freight Onto Rail
7 Heavy Vehicle Charging and
8 Intermodal facilities
9 Improved Freight Planning
10 Fixing Sydney
A Ten Point Plan to Improve
Supply Chain Efficiency in
The Australian Logistics Council published in July 2013 its
election priorities document ‘Time to Deliver’ which called
for action on a range of projects and reforms to improve
supply chain efficiency in Australia.
Following its election win, the Coalition has committed
to a number of steps that will potentially improve supply chain
efficiency, including two key legislative reviews, proposed
reforms to Infrastructure Australia and funding for major
These initial first steps by the Federal Government are
welcome, however, there is more to be done to increase
productivity, reduce red tape and improve safety in the
freight logistics industry.
In November, ALC published ‘Stronger Supply Chains, a Stronger Australia’, a
10-point plan to improve supply-chain efficiency in Australia. It was delivered to all
MPs and Senators, but its message was directed to all levels of government. It seized
the opportunity of a change of government to push for significant change. The plan
also wanted to move beyond the Coalition’s election promises – important as they
are – and to concentrate on the delivery of some major projects and reforms.
Reducing red tape topped the list. Shipping and road transport were both
unnecessarily encumbered by the previous government.
Restrictions on coastal shipping and the extra layer of bureaucracy and regulation
caused by the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal must be removed, ALC argued.
The new Government has gone a fair way towards recognising that, and ALC will
watch with some vigilance as reviews of these laws unfold.
ALC repeated and strengthened its call to harness greater private-sector investment
in infrastructure, principally through asset recycling and tapping into the
superannuation pool. Again, ALC will watch how the realignment of Infrastructure
Australia unfolds, beyond mere change of personnel, into an engine to boost private-
sector investment in infrastructure. ALC also stressed the need to streamline bidding
processes for projects.
The third point was to better identify and prioritise infrastructure projects to get the
best productivity gain rather than for political, sectional or geographic reasons.
On freight (items 4 to 9), ALC argued for a national approach across the modes;
to get more freight on to rail; for nationally consistent regulation; to ensure that
charging for heavy vehicles and that road construction is done on an economically
rational basis; and to promote more efficient intermodal facilities, such as
Moorebank, so freight can move more efficiently from port to rail and road.
ALC also argued for improved freight planning so the demands for freight are not
crowded out by poor land-use planning – especially by housing – and dominance of
passenger transport, both public and private.
Lastly, ALC argued for ‘fixing Sydney’ – the biggest impediment to improving
the efficiency of Australia’s freight network. Improved movement of freight
from Port Botany requires the WestConnex project to focus on freight; good
sense demands a second Sydney airport at Badgery’s Creek as soon as possible;
and greater use of high-productivity vehicles on the now fully duplicated Hume
Highway should be encouraged.
ALC is pleased that some progress has been made with stated intentions, but it is
now time to deliver on these reforms to maximise their benefits to industry and the
broader Australian community.
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