Keith Pitt representing Australian Government at international transport forum
25 May 2018
Federal Member for Hinkler, Keith Pitt, has represented the Australian Government at the International Transport Forum in Germany in his capacity as the Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister.
The Forum brought together government ministers and industry experts from around the world to discuss ways to improve safety and reliability.
Assistant Minister Pitt addressed the forum on the rapidly increasing use of drones, which provide exciting new opportunities across a range of industries.
“We're already seeing drones used in Surf Life Saving and agriculture in Australia but their full potential is yet to be realised,” Assistant Minister Pitt said.
“The Coalition Government is committed to facilitating growth and innovation in this fast moving and dynamic industry but with safety remaining the key consideration in regulating the operation of drones.
“We know they can improve productivity and workplace safety, and reduce costs for many industries.
“As a world leader in aviation and road safety, Australia was able to contribute to discussions about major transport issues and I had the opportunity to share our expertise and hearing the views of international experts.”
Assistant Minister Pitt said this year's theme of ‘Transport Safety and Security' supports international collaboration on broader transport issues and opportunities including, road safety, the disruptive effects of extreme weather events, the development of automated vehicles and transport connectivity—all of which are relevant to Australia.
“The development of automated vehicles was another key topic of discussions at the forum, along with the need for international cooperation to improve transport safety, especially through the sharing of research and statistical data,” Assistant Minister Pitt said.
“There was interest in the Federal Government's $75 billion, decade-long pipeline of nationally significant infrastructure projects that will deliver safer and more efficient transport networks across the country.
“In the recent Budget the Australian Government established a Roads of Strategic Importance initiative to upgrade key freight corridors in regional Australia and increase productivity by connecting our major agricultural and resource areas with our cities and ports.
“The Initiative will also benefit urban areas where the primary focus will be last-mile access to ports, markets, airports and intermodal facilities. Upgrades to these key transport networks will increase safety and provide broader benefits to regional Australia by supporting the tourism industry.”