Sep 15, 2008

Appointments to the National Transport Commission

Appointments to the National Transport Commission

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

September 15 2008

Today I announce the appointment of Mr Greg Martin as Chair and Professor Frank Muller as an ordinary member of the National Transport Commission (NTC).

I look forward to working with Mr Martin and Professor Muller, as well as the other commissioners, to achieve long overdue and enduring reforms to the way we regulate the nation’s transport sector.

Inconsistent regulations and bureaucracy duplication is restricting the transport sector’s ability to move people and freight as efficiently as a modern economy demands.

Commonsense dictates that in a country of just 21 million people, one consistent set of transport laws and regulations is the position we should be working towards. This is backed up by research from the Productivity Commission which found that a more streamline approach to the way government regulates the road and rail freight sectors could in part deliver as much as $2.4 billion to annual GDP.

Both Mr Martin and Professor Muller have been appointed until April 2011.

Mr Greg Martin (Chair)

Mr Martin brings to the position an extensive knowledge of the transport sector, public administration and planning issues. He is currently Professor of Planning and Transport Studies at Curtin University of Technology and Executive Director of the Planning and Transport Research Centre of Western Australia.

Previously, Mr Martin headed the Western Australian departments of Infrastructure and Main Roads.

Professor Frank Muller (Commissioner)

Professor Frank Muller is a Professorial Visiting Fellow at UNSW’s Institute of Environmental Studies and Climate Change Research Centre.

He advises governments and business on climate change policy. He has over 30 years of experience in environmental, energy and land use policy both here in Australia and in the United States.

Professor Muller previously headed-up greenhouse policy for the NSW Government and through the 1990s worked at several Washington think-tanks, advising the United Nations, the Clinton Administration, US state governments and several developing nations.