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Australian Logistics Council Forum 2016

Infrastructure and logistics executives from all around Australia, and further afield including the USA, Belgium, and the Netherlands, gathered to hear about a wide variety of industry issues in Sydney earlier this month.

Held at the Royal Randwick racecourse, 250 delegates to the Australian Logistics Council Forum 2016 heard from politicians, rail executives, port CEOs, lawyers, air freight managers, bureaucrats and many more.

Topics discussed included the “State of Play” by the Hon Duncan Gay, NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime & Freight; Infrastructure Australia’s 15 Year Plan; industry executives such as Maurice James of Qube; and port CEOs such as Marika Calfas, Geoff Crowe and Roy Cummins.

There were many sessions of great value with a standout speech by Brian Haratsis, Executive Chairmain of MacroPlan being particularly well received.

Panel discussions were also very interesting including those on “ports and intermodal terminals,” and “the dynamics of port supply chains”.

Among the most interesting sessions included some reflections by Mr James on (some of) the reasons why Qube wants Patrick; David Irwin, director at Pacific National outlining the dire fate of freight on rail if the Inland Rail does not go ahead; and, also a particularly tense and testy session when logistics executives got angry after they formed the view that the investment fund managers were being disloyal to Australia by refusing to back infrastructure projects in this nation.

See Brian’s full presentation below:

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