An election result that few predicted has presented the Coalition with an opportunity to enact positive change.
The 2019 Federal Election stunningly returned the Liberal National parties to power on a platform of tax cuts and better economic management.
Both parties argued that with uncertain global times ahead their Party was best equipped to sail Australia through these uncertain seas. The question put to Australians was a conservative one. Take a chance on change during these uncertain times or stay the course?
It is now clear the message of ‘time for change’ was not taken up by Australians.
But this should not mean that change is bad or progress must stop because what we have is perfect. This result provides opportunity for the LNP to move forward on reforms that have been in the making for a long time.
It is time for affirmative and positive action on future proofing Australia’s population growth.
In the wake of the election people are saying that the country is divided but that is far from true for the freight industry. Our industry is united. Calling for a holistic plan and approach to the country’s future freight and supply chain needs to be a priority for this government.
This win is an opportunity for the Morrison / McCormack Government to:
- Lower the cost of living
- Lower cost of business
- Invest in infrastructure for the future
- Reduce congestion and pollution
- Improve liveability
- Rejuvenate regional Australia
- Creating jobs for a modern Australia
- Strengthen Australia’s global position
… by improving our national approach to freight and infrastructure planning.
The first step has to be the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy. The objectives and priorities of this document must have bipartisan support. It should be released shortly and implemented in consultation with state and territory jurisdictions and industry.
Both major parties before the election committed to a partisan approach to the strategy. We make the call as we have before the election that this needs to happen within the first 100 days of the new government.
The steps beyond that are those for the Prime Minister and his team to decide but he should know that this sector is ready to work together on a better Australia through better freight connectivity.
Australia is growing faster than ever before. The freight industry is on the front line of this growth. Our teamwork can only go so far. Australia needs a depth and vision for its freight and infrastructure planning, something a untied and stable Government can provide.