BIC lobbying day hailed a success

By: Chris Smith


For the third year in a row the Bus Industry Confederation has run a successful lobbying day at Parliament House

For the third year in a row the Bus Industry Confederation has run a successful lobbying day at Parliament House in Canberra.

BIC Executive Director Michael Apps says the annual initiative attracted a broad range of members who conducted over 40 meetings with politicians from both sides of politics.

"We think, from the feedback so far, that it was a successful day, and the feedback from the new Government was positive in relation to advancing public transport agenda within the areas of policy the Rudd Government wish to pursue," he tells Bus+Coach.

Iveco General Manager Steve Heanes says manufactures, suppliers and operators joined forces to bring the public transport and bus industry message to the halls of Parliament House.

"I think it is a very good day for the suppliers to be involved in, from a manufacturing point of view, and suppliers, we have got join with the operators, it is a small industry and it takes both parties to lobby the new government," he says.

"It’s probably our best chance to get our message heard, their policy platforms [the Labor Party] are the same as BIC, it should be a lot easier dealing with this government at this period in time.

"From our side, the manufacturing, it is about sharing information with politicians and showing what our concerns are and the constraints we have in manufacturing, including the shortages of skills and things like that, and showing what we need to do to compete to highlight that the industry is specialised."

More on the BIC lobbying day and suppliers workshop in April issue of Bus+Coach.

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