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ALC backs Albanese on ALP transport matters

Jones also congratulated and can expect talks on freight access by local government


A warm Australian Logistics Council (ALC) welcome has been extended to Anthony Albanese on his re-appointment of as opposition spokesman for infrastructure, transport, cities and regional development.

The lower house member for Grayndler in New South Wales is vastly experienced in transport issues and will mark nine years either in or shadowing the transport portfolio in December.

“Anthony Albanese’s re-appointment to Labor’s front bench will help to ensure infrastructure and Australia’s supply chains have a strong voice around the shadow cabinet table,” ALC MD Michael Kilgariff says.

“Mr Albanese has proven himself to be a committed advocate for this portfolio and ALC looks forward to working with him and his shadow ministerial colleagues over the course of this next parliament.
“ALC also congratulates Stephen Jones on his appointment as shadow minister for regional services, territories and local government, and we look forward to liaising with him on measures to improve freight access in local government areas.”

Kilgariff notes Albanese’s record in this portfolio in that he: committed funding for inland rail; established Infrastructure Australia; established a national transport regulatory regime for heavy vehicles, rail safety and maritime safety; and he was responsible for developing the first National Land Freight Strategy. 

“The National Land Freight Strategy, which mapped Australia’s key freight routes, was an important document to help guide the growth of the logistics sector,” Kilgariff says.

“ALC would like to see this important piece of work taken a step further through the development of a comprehensive National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy.

“The development of a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, which would incorporate the various, interlinked components of our national and international supply chains, was one of the high-level recommendations of Infrastructure Australia’s 15-Year Infrastructure Plan.

“The development of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy should be viewed as the next step of the economic reform agenda and in the same context as the white papers that have transformed many of Australia’s economically critical industries.”

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