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Industry backs ScoMo after election victory

Australian industry leaders have announced their support for Prime Minister Scott Morrison following his election victory over the weekend.

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC), the Australian Transport Association (ATA), the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and the Victorian Transport Association each released statements congratulating the incumbent Liberal-National Coalition after it was returned to government with a 76 seat majority.

Kirk Coningham ALC CEO said it was a clear election result following a tightly fought contest in recent weeks congratulated Prime Minister Morrison, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and their Coalition colleagues.

“It is particularly pleasing that Australia appears set to have a majority government, which will help to provide the certainty that businesses and investors need,” he said.

VTA CEO Peter Anderson congratulated the Prime Minister on behalf of the VTA

“The VTA enjoys established and productive relationships with the Liberal National Coalition which are instrumental in our ability to shape transport policy, regulation and legislation that facilitates more productive and efficient supply chains for the betterment of our members and our industry," he said.

The NHVR also congratulated the Morrison Government on being returned.

NHVR Chair Duncan Gay said he looked forward to continuing the strong cooperation between the NHVR and the Federal Government.

“The NHVR had a constructive working relationship with the Federal Government over the past term,” he said.

“We look forward to continuing this relationship as we work toward increasing heavy vehicle safety and productivity," said Gay.

“The NHVR looks forward to continuing to administer the Federal Government's Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, and local government asset assessment programs."

“I would particularly like to acknowledge the on-going close co-operation with the Government’s staff and the Department and their support for ongoing heavy vehicle reform.”

In April the Federal Government announced an increase in the annual Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative funding from $3.9 million to $5.4 million in 2019-20 with further increases pledged through 2023.

Coningham thanked the Labor opposition for engaging positively with industry and said it looked forward to working with the re-elected Morrison Government and all members of the 46th Parliament to deal with the issues ALC members have identified as industry priorities.

“During the election campaign, ALC released Freight: Delivering Opportunity For Australia which sets out 39 priority actions for the incoming Federal Government that address challenges and opportunities relevant to all modes of freight transport,” he said.

“The immediate priority is to finalise the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, so that Australia can start to realise the very real benefits that will flow to our economy and to local communities as a result of having greater efficiency and safety in our supply chains,” said Coningham.

“Given that both major parties spoke about the virtues of taking a long-term approach to infrastructure planning and investment during the campaign, ALC would hope this bipartisan view can become a policy reality in the course of this next term of government.”

“We also look forward to working with the government on the establishment of the National Freight Data Hub, as funded in last month’s Federal Budget, so that our industry can start to take advantage of the productivity, investment and safety benefits that will flow from having access to better quality data about freight movement.”

The Liberal-National coalition is expected to form a majority Government with at least 77 seats in the House of Representatives.

(Image: Prime Minister Scott Morrison).

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