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View from Canberra 2017 March

Recap of a successful Summit and Industry Dinner. The presence of political leaders and their acknowledgements and ongoing support for the industry is important in recognising the crucial role that the industry contribute to key policies. Three key points were emphasised:

  • Retention of heavy vehicle manufacturing skills
  • Federal Government need to reform industrial relations laws
  • Future of our cities and regions and how we will move people.

View from Canberra 2017 February A strong focus of the 2016 Conference was to look ahead to the future with challenges pose by ride sharing services such as Uber, and the reshaping of public transportation due to 'on demand' services. Driverless and autonomous vehicles were also on the agenda as it affects the future of the delivery of public transportation services by buses. At the Conference, the BIC called for the National Transport Commission to form a Bus Futures Working Group, to analyse issues and provide input. The National Transport Commission on 6 March will provide a platform to further advocate for the creation of the Futures Working Group.  
View from Canberra 2017 January Overview of BIC events in 2017. National Industrial Relations Seminar and the National Technical and Suppliers Summit will take place in Canberra on 28 February. It will conclude with an Industry Dinner that will have the attendance of a cross-section of Federal Members and Senators. BIC Council meeting will be held on 1 March 2017. BIC National Conference will be held in Hobart from 12-15 November 2017.
View from Canberra 2016 December The 2016 BIC Conference in Perth was a great success with a large number in attendance. A general consensus from the Conference is that mass transit will continue to be provided and buses will continue to have a major contribution to play where there are no railway routes. The conference provided a platform for discussion about the future of regional, rural and remote passenger transport. Challengers such as Uber only provide solutions for urban transport, and regional solutions do not yet exist. Governments will continue uphold their obligations that is the foundation for providing mass and social transit services. 
View from Canberra 2016 November Increasing investment in public transport infrastructure is unprecedented in Australian history. Issues of livability in our cities and suburbs, congestion and transport accessibility and connectivity in our regions were major issues during the 2016 Federal Election. Challenges to the Industry come from ride sharing and emerging technology such as autonomous vehicles. The objective is to ensure that emerging transport technologies improve transport safety, efficiency, sustainability and accessibility. The Industry needs to refocus and be aware of these impending changes to the transportation landscape, plan ahead, adapt our businesses and capitalise on the opportunities.  
View from Canberra 2016 October BIC initiated the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Better Cities (PFG) in 2014. Since its humble beginnings of 5 like-minded member organisations, the group has grown its membership to 15 national organisations. The focus of the PFG is to highlight the importance of the major parties’ place and role in shaping the future of our cities. Our events provides thought provoking policy discussion at the highest levels and promotion of the bus and coach industry as part of the solution for the future of our nation.  

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Changes to transportation has been fast due to technological advances within the last century. Changes in the 21st century is moving even faster, and the ferocity of these changes are unstoppable. Technological changes often catches Governments and Industries by surprise and slow responses does not cater for the customer driven demands. Traditional markets must now compete with new markets like Uber, which has reshaped the public transportation market almost immediately.

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An interesting observation of the federal election was that the cost of living and transport are evidently core local issues, and with transport taking up such a large percentage of the average family household budget, we are seeing unprecedented investment into public transport infrastructure in most states and territories by the federal and state governments. Investment that is unprecedented in the history of the nation.

The impact of this federal election and the protest vote against the major parties to look at more local issues will only strengthen the major parties resolve to deliver real on the ground benefits in the form of infrastructure and services.

It can only be a win - win for public transport and bus, a very good reason to get to the BIC Conference and see where your business is heading from federal and state Ministers and senior decision makers and industry leaders.

July 2016
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A new Government and new Ministry. If the election was any indication then all political parties are on a public transport high with their agendas for the next 3 years. Get "the view" on the election outcome, the expected, the surprises and what impacts are we likely to see in the world of bus business. This year’s conference program will be particularly topical about public transport futures.

June 2016
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Contributors or Freeloaders

In this View from Canberra, Michael Apps reflects on an intensive 2 month industry briefing campaign that was taken to federal, state and territory Ministers, Shadow Ministers, Director Generals and senior officers in every jurisdiction. He puts to Industry operators and suppliers who are not currently contributing to the Industry as members, should start by becoming a National or State Association Member.

May 2016
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Federal Election announced and the race is on. The BIC believes tri- partisan (Greens, ALP and Coalition) support for federal government involvement in cities and public transport, it will become a race to see who can promise the most in this election. The BIC has also produced a special Federal Election Primer for Industry to take to the local members and talk about our moving people solutions for better cities and regions.

April 2016
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What makes an individual change their choice of travel even if it is just once a week? And how do you change the NIMBY (not in my back yard) mentality of driving the car.
The Federal Government, and in particular Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s commitment to a Cities and Built Environment portfolio provides some hope for the future of Australian cities, but this will not solve the current and immediate congestion concerns.

March 2016
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Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss resigns and PM Malcolm Turnbull does a re-shuffle. The View from Canberra opinions that the re-shuffle and appointment will be good for Industry with Barnaby as Deputy PM, Darren Chester as the new Minister for Infrastructure & Transport, Angus Taylor as Assistant Cities Minister and Fiona Nash as new Deputy Leader for the NATS and Minister for Regional Development.

February 2016

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UBER, Micro Transit and DRT (Demand Responsive Transport), in these times of automatic gratification and high customer demand and expectation, what does the introduction of these new transport options mean for traditional bus services? Read more about Demand Responsive Transport and what it means for our Industry in this month’s View from Canberra.
January 2016

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What’s 2016 got in stall for the Bus Industry? Read a summary of some key issues and projects that will impact you and support your business over the next 12 months.
December 2015

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It has been a busy year for the BIC, and as we come to the end of 2015, we reflect on some of the big events that occurred.
2016 will bring a new beginning in the BIC advocacy efforts and we look forward to working with the Industry in the coming year.
Finally the BIC would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.  
November 2015

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What does Road Pricing have to do with this Bus Industry and you?
These questions were discussed at the recent BIC Conference in Singapore. Singapore has had electronic road pricing in place for many years now and paying for the use of roads, in the same way you pay for utilities like water and may be the norm in the very near future for Australians.
Read more about Road Pricing in Australia and Singapore in this month’s View from Canberra.
October 2015

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The BIC is proud to become a founding member of the newly formed National Tourism Council. Buses and Coaches play a key role and are a big contributor to Australia’s tourism economy. The formation of this council will see a positive change for the Bus and Coach Industry.
September 2015

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If you have not registered for the BIC Conference as yet, then it is time to make the decision and come and support your Industry and think about where your business, whether you are a supplier or operator is heading in the next 10 or 20 years.
August 2015

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The opportunities to grow local bus services and improve the overall public transport network will be a central theme of the 2015 BIC Conference. Convening in Singapore gives us the opportunity to embark on a learning exchange program about how we go about the business of moving people and how we connect our neighbourhoods.

Read more about the 2015 BIC Conference and Singapore in this month's View from Canberra.
July 2015

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With the Government now half way through their Parliamentary term, it seems there has been a subtle change in language in relation to public transport and investing in our cities. Is this genuine support from the Federal Government?
June 2015

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Bus Business set to Boom
With the passenger transport task, both road and public transport across our 6 largest capital cities, is projected to increase by 58% from 622 million km per day to 982 million km per day in 2031. Currently public transport carries one in six Australians to work.

In this month's column we ask bus & coach operators are ready for the tsunami of future public transport demand. What are you going to do in your business to meet the 89% increase in demand for public transport by 2031?
May 2015

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With the upcoming budget and the generally held belief that our economy is not in good shape, the BIC looks at the state of congestion in our cities and what could be real dollar-value returns in getting people out of traffic and being more productive workers and generating consumer spending.
April 2015

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Read the industry "elevator pitch" - exactly what would we say to Tony Abbott if we had 1 minute to convey what it is we the bus industry does and what he can do to support and ensure our prosperous future.
1. Get State Governments to invest more in public transport (with Federal Government incentives).
2. Encourage people to walk, cycle or catch a bus for short trips (promotes 20 minute city concepts)
3. Give people the information they need to make good travel choices.
March 2015

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As the bus industry we might be the unglamorous work horse of the public transport network but we might just be the key to achieving the compromise between making our cities globally competitive powerhouses of the future and retaining them as the places where the great majority of Australians enjoy a high quality of life.  Read the latest policy paper from the BIC which tells how we can achieve a 20 minute city and connect our neighbourhoods.
February 2015

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The Queensland election is over and everyone is so surprised. The BIC looks at what this could mean for the bus industry with the upcoming election in NSW and we take a closer look at the early signs that the Coalition Government will seek to mandate reform to workplace relations.
 January 2015

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2015 has started with a bang, with an early state election called in Queensland by Premier Campbell Newman. The election is to be held on 31 January, more than two months ahead of schedule. 
 December 2014

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The BIC attended the first meeting of the National Urban Policy Dialogue. This group will look at our cities and how we move people in them, how we design and build them and make them the knowledge drivers of our economy. Read more about what this means for the industry's Moving People message here.

November 2014

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A new trend that is emerging in research is “peak car” which tells us that across the world people are driving less. Peak car is measured by looking at vehicle kilometres travelled per person in a city or country. Read more about this phenomenon and what it means for public transport here.
 October 2014

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We were recently on hand at the nationally televised National Press Club Address to see Shadow Minister Albanese announce he has been given the Shadow Cities portfolio in addition to his Shadow Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism roles.

Read about this interesting development in how the Federal Opposition view their role in cities in this month's View from Canberra.

September 2014

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Those of you who couldn’t make it to the Gold Coast this year, I hope to see you at a future BIC National Conference. The 2015 National Conference will be held in Singapore from November 8 to 11 so watch this space for more information in the coming months.

 August 2014

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 This year’s Conference and Expo is set to be the biggest event held by the BIC since our establishment in Canberra. This is the first ever State and National combined conference. BIC will run a national based Conference program for three days and the QBIC will run a State based Conference program for one day. This will bring together the industry on an unprecedented scale.
 July 2014

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I have been writing about the Infrastructure Australia Amendment Bill (Bill) for more than six months and this View from Canberra will bring the saga to a close.

Read more about the big win the BIC helped achieve in this process. 

 June 2014

 

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Do you know that you probably qualify for the 50% discount to attend the Australasia Bus and Coach Expo and Conference? All bus and coach operators who are members of BIC or a State Association, Government representatives, tourism organisations and passenger transport associations are eligible.

Read more about the Australasia Bus and Coach Expo in this month's View from Canberra.


 May 2014

 

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During the election campaign, when then Opposition Leader and now Prime Minister Tony Abbott spoke about roads and not public transport being the Federal Government’s “knitting”, this was a setback from the progress we had seen under the previous Federal Government in taking a role in how we move people in Australia. But in adversity there is always opportunity.

Read more about how the BIC is working towards making Federal road funding a source of investment for bus priority in our cities.


 April 2014

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As reported in last month’s column the BIC made a strong Senate Inquiry submission related to the proposed Infrastructure Australia Amendment Bill.What happened next was a big win for the industry.

Read more about it in this month's View from Canberra

 March 2014

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There have been some headlining grabbing announcements this month (Qantas, cut down more trees), a lot of intrigue and accusations flying around (Stephen Conroy, Clive Palmer). Thankfully none of that has involved the bus industry.

Read more abouthow the bus industry has been quietly achieving in Canberra this month.

February 2014

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Things are heating up in Canberra, both in parliament and outside. The hot air from Canberra has to come from somewhere and BIC’s research program is the foundation on which we drive industry excellence and lobby federal politicians.

This month’s column takes a look at the two arms of our research and policy program and what this means in 2014.

 January 2014

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The Commonwealth Government, as is the case with most new Governments, has hit the ground reviewing with a raft of inquiries underway and expected for 2014. This means the BIC is representing the industry in a range of inquiries and policy development processes. Find out what is happening in this Month's View from Canberra.

 December 2013

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What does 2014 hold for the BIC and the industry? Find out about the year ahead and what it means for you in this month's View from Canberra.

 November 2013

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What happened at the 2013 BIC National Conference and what does 2014 have in store for the industry? Read about it in this month's View from Canberra.

October 2013

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The 2013 BIC National Conference has a number of key themes that connect sessions together and align with the BIC research, policy focus and work program. 

Read more about the BIC National Conference in this month's View  from Canberra.

 Special Election Edition

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“Sound and fury signifying nothing” this was the very apt description of the federal election campaign by Kevin Rudd on the eve of a crushing defeat for Labor and his exit from the office of Prime Minister. Read about what the change of government and the next three years means for the BIC and the industry.

 September 2013

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The next 25 years to 2040 will be a challenging, but rewarding time for the bus industry. Read more about the next 25 years in this month's View from Canberra.

 August 2013

 

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Let me take you back 60 years in time to London. You’re on an iconic red double decker bus and the conductor asks you for your ticket.

What you don’t know about this conductor is that he is half as likely to die of a heart attack as the driver of the bus... Find out the reason why by reading this month's view from Canberra.

 July 2013

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The Queen is Dead, Long Live the King. Read about the leadership struggle in Canberra and its stunning conclusion.

 June 2013

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 This month's View from Canberra focuses on the second five year review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport and the representations made by the BIC on behalf of the industry. This month there is supplementary reading with a summary of the BIC's submission available.

 May 2013

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  1. Does size really matter?
  2. Is it time to agree to a national approach to bus service procurement?

 April 2013

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 How did the "Rudless Coup" impact on the BIC's Moving People Agenda in Canberra? Read the details here.

 March 2013

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The BIC draws the line on Bus Rapid Transit vs Light Rail.

 February 2013

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 WHO WILL WIN THE FEDERAL ELECTION? We can't tell you that in this month's view from Canberra, but we can tell you what the election means for our industry.

 January 2013

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Dusting off the Christmas cobwebs. A feature on BIC's new Moving People: Solutions for a Liveable Australia policy document and what it means for the industry.

 December 2012

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The last view from Canberra for 2012. What does the year ahead hold for the BIC in its lobbying in Canberra?

 November 2012

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 A post Conference wrap up from the BIC.

 October 2012

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 News about an upcoming series of publications from the BIC.

 Why you need to attend the BIC National Conference.

 September 2012

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 The BIC's View on:

- The effective life of vehicles

- Why you need to attend the BIC National Conference

 August 2012

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A preview of the sessions at the 2012 BIC National Conference.

 July 2012

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The BIC's View on:

-The Carbon Tax and what it means for you

- The BIC's Incident Management Guidelines for Bus Operators  

June 2012

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 The BIC's View on:

- competitive tendering and negotiated performance based contracts

- development of a National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR)

- update on mass increases on 2 axle and 3 axle buses

 May 2012

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All things BRT.  Projects in Australia on the go and the BIC's BRT Study Tour planning in the U.S.A and Canada

 April 2012

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The BIC Moving People Taskforce 2030 launch had Minister Albanese singing our praises at the annual bus industry dinner in Canberra.

 March 2012

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The BIC's view on:

- the leadership struggle in the ALP and the non-event "Kevolution".  How strong is the leadership?

- NHVR and our industry issues that is not a "one size fits all" approach and lumping buses and trucks together as “heavy vehicles” does not recognise the operational and aspirational differences of the two industries.

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