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Budget submission clarifies freight investment priorities

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) said its Commonwealth Budget Submission 2018-19 provides the Federal Government with a clear pathway to making the right investments to drive greater supply chain efficiency and safety in Australia.

“2018 is set to be another very significant year for Australia’s freight logistics industry, which will see the release of the Final Report of the Inquiry Into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities, and later in the year, the release of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy itself,” said ALC Managing Director, Michael Kilgariff.

“From the outset, ALC has been at the forefront of developing this Strategy, so that it is an effective blueprint for this industry. Our budget submission underscores this point by very clearly setting out those areas the Government needs to target for investment now, to give the Strategy the best prospect of success, and facilitate further economic and employment growth.

“The investment priorities set out in this submission complement the clear industry expectations set out in Freight Doesn’t Vote, ALC’s major submission to the Discussion Paper on National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities.

“In particular, this submission suggests the Federal Government use next year’s Budget to encourage a more effective, nationally-consistent approach to planning and corridor protection by providing incentive payments which reward good practice in these crucial areas.

“ALC further suggests the Federal Government establish a Freight Strategy and Planning Division within the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (DIRD), to ensure that the movement of freight is prioritised in ongoing national policy-making,” he said.

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