Kilgariff gets down to ALC's efficiency agenda

Efficiency key focus of a slimmed-down Australian Logistics Council and its lobbying agenda

September 9, 2009

Efficiency will by nature be the key focus of a slimmed-down Australian Logistics Council and its Canberra lobbying efforts.

The "umbrella" logistics lobbying group says it will fight harder on regulatory reform and infrastructure improvements from the foot of Capital Hill in Canberra.

Michael Kilgariff puts his feet under the desk at the ALC’s new office tomorrow after replacing Hal Morris as CEO.

Morris, now head of the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics, elected to stay behind in Queensland when the ALC board announced it would move the downsized council to the national capital after losing vital Federal Government funding.

Chairman Ivan Backman says the ALC will throw its weight behind the inter-governmental plan to harmonise regulation and improve supply chain channels

"The ALC’s presence in Canberra is a signal to governments around the country that the logistics industry is determined to play a larger role in the great micro-economic reform debates in the years ahead," he says.

Kilgariff was the national director of policy and government affairs for the Energy Networks Association, a role Backman says gives him experience in tackling cross-border regulatory issues.

"Michael Kilgariff will lead our new focus on inconsistent regulation between jurisdictions and red tape which adds considerable and unnecessary costs to consumers and exports," he says.

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