FINALISING the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy should be a priority for the re-elected Coalition government, the Australian Logistics Council says.

ALC chief executive Kirk Coningham has issued a statement congratulating the government but also calling for action.

“It is particularly pleasing that Australia appears set to have a majority government, which will help to provide the certainty that businesses and investors need,” Mr Coningham said.

“The immediate priority is to finalise the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, so that Australia can start to realise the very real benefits that will flow to our economy and to local communities as a result of having greater efficiency and safety in our supply chains.”

“Given that both major parties spoke about the virtues of taking a long-term approach to infrastructure planning and investment during the campaign, ALC would hope this bipartisan view can become a policy reality in the course of this next term of government.”

Mr Coningham talked of the ALC’s document Freight: Delivering Opportunity for Australia released during the campaign and setting out 39 priority actions for the incoming federal government.

“ALC looks forward to working with the re-elected Morrison Government and all members of the 46th Parliament to deal with the issues ALC members have identified as industry priorities,” he said.

Mr Coningham said the ALC also looked forward to working with the government on the establishment of the National Freight Data Hub allowing industry to take advantage of productivity, investment and safety benefits.

Also congratulating the Coalition was the Victorian Transport Association with chief executive Peter Anderson referring to a “historic success”.

“The VTA looks forward to working with the re-elected Morrison Government and all members of the 46th Parliament to deal with the issues that confront Australia’s freight industry,” Mr Anderson said.

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