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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2014
29 fUTUre freiGHT neTWorKS 2014 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. SUBMISSIONS 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 investment • 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 transport sector • 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 National Transport Commission, with direct responsibility 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 emerging. ALC also made detailed submissions to other industry-specific inquiries and other discussion-paper processes, including: stevedoring; heavy-vehicle telematics; parcel processing; dangerous goods; air cargo; and food and groceries. 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 safety codes. Advocacy and Policy Submissions ALC DECEMBER 2013 ALC SUBMISSION TO THE PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION REVIEW INTO PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE