Industry heavyweights find friends in Canberra

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia and the Australian Trucking Association have joined forces to speak with a single voice with the inaugural meeting of the Parliamentary Friends of Trucks, Trailers, Transport and Logistics at Parliament House in Canberra last night.

The new group is sponsored and hosted by Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories, the Hon Nola Marino MP and Labor Senator Glenn Sterle, Chair of Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee.

Ms Marino and Senator Sterle duelled playfully as they told guests about their respective deep connections with the road transport industry.

HVIA Chairman John Drake acknowledged the support of the cohort of Senators and MP’s who had made time to get a better understanding of the heavy vehicle industry and its vital role in Australia’s economy.

“i would like to extend an invitation to all parliamentarians to visit our members sites to see our world leading industry in action,” he said.

HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking said HVIA members making the trip to Canberra appreciated the opportunity to connect with our Federal representatives.

“We are very grateful for the support of MP’s from across party lines supporting our amazing industry,” he said.

Pictured top (L-R) ATA Chairman Geoff Crouch, Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz MP, HVIA President John Drake, the Hon Nola Marino MP, HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking, ATA Chief Executive Ben Maguire

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