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Logistics leaders will address supply chain issues

Thursday, 7 March 2013 ( #606 ) - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Michael Byrne, CEO of Linfox, is one of the panellists taking part in the CEO session.
Michael Byrne, CEO of Linfox, is one of the panellists taking part in the CEO session.
Industry leaders taking part in the CEO panel session at next month's Australian Logistics Council (ALC) Forum will discuss why improving logistics productivity, efficiency and safety should be a top economic issue for all political parties this election year. "With the federal election now set for mid-September, both major parties are focused on developing policies to put before the Australian people designed to improve our way of life and enhance Australia's economic prosperity," says Michael Kilgariff, MD of the ALC. He says industry leaders will send a strong reminder to political leaders that these must include policies designed to support improved productivity, efficiency and safety in the freight logistics industry. "You can tell a lot about a nation's economy and the liveability of our urban centres through the effectiveness of its supply chains, particularly in its major cities. "Two of the keys to making our supply chains more productive, efficient and safe are through better infrastructure and more efficient regulation. "While there has been positive movement on these issues at the state and federal level in recent times, it is clear more needs to be done to address poor productivity and efficiency levels in the logistics sector." Panelists taking part in the CEO session include: * Bernard Salt, partner, KPMG * Lisa Brock, executive manager - freight, Qantas * Michael Byrne, CEO, Linfox * Michael Carter, executive vice president - network, Aurizon * Stephen Cleary, CEO, StarTrack * John Fullerton, CEO, Australian Rail Track Corporation * Maurice James, MD, Qube Logistics * Paul Larsen, CEO, Brookfield Rail * Mike Mrdak, CEO, Dept of Infrastructure & Transport * Penny Winn, director - multi-channel, Woolworths The forum is being held from 12-14 March 2013 in Melbourne.