The View from Canberra

View from Canberra 2020 November

With the release by the Australian Government of its national policy (‘3-Step Framework for a COVIDSafe Australia’), this month’s column takes a look at what the government defines as ‘COVID Normal’ and ‘COVID Safe’ and how this translates for our coach tourism sector. The advice from the Executive Director of BIC is that coach operators need to crank up the engine now and start talking to the state tourism agencies and local governments to grow a new and unique service in Australian tourism. Download the View Download

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View from Canberra 2020 October

This month, we take a look at the 2020 budget from the federal government and what it means for bus business. There is significant funding for infrastructure and manufacturing in this budget and although the budget is definitely a green-light for business to get busy, it is extremely clear that the economic recovery of Australia and the success of this budget is based on a number of assumptions – unfettered national and international borders, a covid-vaccine being available for mass distribution by December 2021 and any substantial interim covid-outbreaks likely to effect confidence of households to spend and businesses to

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View from Canberra 2020 September

With the announcement by ACT Labor government to commit to a fully electric bus fleet in the ACT by 2040, Michael Apps, BIC Executive Director, thought it was time to provide a review of transitional approaches from traditional diesel to electric. It is evident that governments around Australia – with their commitment to zero-emissions by 2050, will see increased focus on facets of the public transport network. The trajectory to zero emissions is an interesting one for buses, as any new propulsion technology will be effected by a number of operational and environmental conditions. Download the View Download

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View from Canberra 2020 August

Over the past few months the Industry has proven its resilience, its capacity to bare the burden, its ability to be flexible and provide clever and sensible solutions. The ‘federation’ of our own bus associations – the Bus Australia Network – is a fine example of what can happen when we all pull together, share our knowledge-base and resources to find the solutions. Download the View Download

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View from Canberra 2020 July

The BIC has been very busy over the past few months working with government, the National Covid-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC) and consulting to the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and providing impact reports and key recommendations in relation to the impacts of Covid-19 and the bus and coach sector. This was recently ramped up with a national media campaign with a call to action from governments on a rescue package with 3 top priorities. Download the View Download

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