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ALC ADVOCACY AND POLICY SUBMISSIONS
In 2013/2014, ALC made 30 major submissions to federal,
state, territory and local government and parliamentary
inquiries, and to other inquiries by peak industry bodies.
ALC engaged in a range of direct advocacy activity in
2013/2014. This included writing directly to, and meeting with,
politicians and senior policy officers throughout the year, and
also giving speeches to gatherings of people and organisations
that operate in logistics and the supply chain. It also included
putting out media releases and appearing directly in the media.
The most recent submission – to the Productivity Commission
on Public Infrastructure in December – was perhaps the most
important. It advocated the recycling of infrastructure assets held
in the public sector through sales and leases to free up funds
for new infrastructure investment that would not otherwise be
undertaken by the private sector.
It also detailed changes needed for greater efficiency in national
road transport, including the need to preserve transport corridors
during the land-use planning process.
ALC’s other major national submissions included: Coalition’s
Productivity Priorities (March 2013); Road Safety Remuneration
Tribunal Draft Orders (April 2013); the National Commission of
Audit (November 2013); and Pre-Budget (January 2014).
In these, and other, submissions, ALC sought:
• continued maintenance or increase in infrastructure
• neutral taxation across the modes of transport
• tax incentives for infrastructure investment
• improved national safety and other regulation across the
supply chain, and removal of duplication
• the development of a national road transport agreement
• a second Sydney airport at Badgery’s Creek and, more
generally, better consideration of freight in the air
• the removal of unnecessary and costly duplication in the
split of responsibilities between the Commonwealth, on one
hand, and state and territory, on the other – especially in the
area of road transport
• the abolition of the
for the National Heavy
Vehicle Regulator and
the National Rail Safety
Regulator being referred
to the Commonwealth
• a system to prevent new
areas of duplication
ALC also made detailed
submissions to other
and other discussion-paper
processes, including: stevedoring; heavy-vehicle telematics;
parcel processing; dangerous goods; air cargo; and food and
In these submissions, ALC promoted efficient national standards
and level playing fields across all modes of transport, and the
removal of artificial rules that increase costs.
A third kind of submission was those made to state-level
inquiries into specific infrastructure and development proposals,
such as the East West link in Melbourne; Plan Melbourne; the
SA Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan; Queensland’s
moving freight discussion paper; the New South Wales planning
White Paper; and the Draft Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney.
These submissions articulated a longstanding concern of ALC that
land-use planning must be integrated with transport planning,
and that essential corridors for the supply chain be preserved.
The advocacy also appealed for greater integration between air,
sea, road and rail when infrastructure projects are considered.
ALC has also advocated more imaginative ways of financing
infrastructure with greater involvement of the private sector.
A fourth kind of submission had safety as a major issue. Safety,
of course, features as a concern of the ALC in all of its work, but
some submissions were dominated by it, such as the review of
dangerous goods laws, enforcement of heavy-vehicle telematics,
and the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal. These submissions
are in addition to ALC’s broader work on developing national
Advocacy and Policy Submissions
ALC SUBMISSION TO THE
REVIEW INTO PUBLIC
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