The trucking industry welcomes the appointments of Catherine King, Andrew Giles and Glenn Sterle to the Labor shadow ministry, Chair of the Australian Trucking Association, Geoff Crouch, said today.
The ATA represents the 50,000 businesses and 200,000 people in the Australian trucking industry.
Following Anthony Albanese’s election as leader, Catherine King has been named Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, taking on the portfolio that Mr Albanese held in government and opposition since 2006.
Meanwhile Andrew Giles has been named Shadow Minister for Cities and Urban Infrastructure.
“I congratulate Ms King and Mr Giles on their appointments and look forward to working with them in their new roles,” Mr Crouch said.
“As a former Minister for Road Safety and former Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport, Ms King had ministerial responsibility for the development of the National Road Safety Strategy 2011 – 2020 – a significant achievement backed by sensible consultation with industry.
“Mr Giles has highlighted the importance of the provision of infrastructure to the productivity and liveability of cities, speaking in parliament of the need for transparency and a strong evidence base for infrastructure decisions,” he said.
Mr Crouch also extended congratulations to Glenn Sterle, who remains Shadow Assistant Minister for Road Safety.
“Prior to the election, Senator Sterle appeared on our Trucking Q&A panel in Perth before joining me in Cabover Cabinet to discuss key industry issues, like 30-day payment terms, heavy vehicle rest areas and advanced safety technologies such as advanced braking,” Mr Crouch said.
“Senator Sterle highlighted his commitment to working closely with the trucking industry to ensure our voice is heard,” he said.