PRIME Minister Scott Morrison has called a federal election for Saturday 18 May, having formally requested Governor-General Peter Cosgrove dissolve Parliament.

This makes for an election campaign of just over five weeks, substantially shorter than the last election in 2016 when the campaign lasted eight weeks.


While logistics is not expected to play a huge role in the campaign, both sides are on record as having substantial differences over policies on coastal shipping for example.

Australian Logistics Council chief executive Kirk Coningham said they would be releasing a comprehensive statement of the freight logistics industry’s policy priorities for next Parliament.

“Chief among these will be to build on the bipartisan commitment to finalise the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, and work with state and territory governments to ensure its effective implementation,” Mr Coningham said.

He said Australians needed to be able to share in the benefits from improved supply chain performance.

DCN is providing comprehensive election coverage in our May magazine, including submissions from Michael McCormack (Coalition) and Anthony Albanese (Labor) on why their parties are best placed to manage the Australian shipping, freight and logistics sectors for the next three years.