Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been congratulated by the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) after he made freight transport a specific responsibility of the Federal Government's revamped ministerial group.
ALC CEO Kirk Coningham said the Prime Minister was sending an important message to the road transport industry and to the wider community with this week's announcement.
The ALC, according to Coningham, welcomed the recent appointment of Scott Buchholz as Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport.
"It is significant that freight transport is now a specific portfolio title within the ministry, and highlights that enhanced supply chain performance will be a priority for the re-elected Coalition Government,” he said.
“ALC also congratulates Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Michael McCormack MP on his re-appointment as Minster for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, and Hon. Alan Tudge MP on his elevation to Cabinet as Minster for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure.”
“We also welcome Hon. Sussan Ley MP as Minister for the Environment, and congratulate Senator Hon. Matt Canavan on again being appointed Minster for Resources and Northern Australia.”
The ALC also took the opportunity to remind industry it had released Freight: Delivering Opportunity For Australia, a report advocating 39 priority actions addressing challenges and opportunities in all modes of freight transport for the incoming Federal Government during the election campaign.
“ALC will be pursuing the matters contained in this publication with the re-elected Coalition Government, and ensuring that supply chain efficiency and safety is appropriately prioritised in government policy making,” said Coningham.
“The most urgent priorities are the finalisation the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, establishing the National Freight Data Hub, making certain that electric freight vehicles form part of the National Electric Vehicle Strategy the Government has committed to develop, and doing more to enhance freight infrastructure in Northern Australia, so we can take advantage of the region’s proximity to growing export markets,” he said.
The ALC also congratulated Anthony Albanese on his appointment as the Leader of the Opposition.
“Given his vast experience in dealing with infrastructure related matters, there is now a genuine opportunity to build a long-term approach to infrastructure planning and investment that is truly bipartisan in nature. ALC hopes to work closely with both the Government and the Opposition in furtherance of that objective,” said Coningham.