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Page 14 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • JUNE-JULY 2016 NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2016 6 - 8 October 2016 Crown Promenade, Melbourne Visit www.cbfca.com.au/CBFCA/Events to register This year ’s event will focus on the “Regulatory Impact on Trade Facilitation”. The speaking program will include a range of key regulatory agencies and industry specific speakers. • The Hon. Peter Dutton (invited) Minister, Immigration and Border Protection • Mr Daryl Quinlivan Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources • Mr Michael Outram APM Deputy Commissioner, Australian Border Force • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade • Office of Transport Security • AusIndustry Full Conference Package includes: • Welcome Function - Network with colleagues at the Tonic Bar • 2 full days of interactive discussion with industry and regulatory speakers • Gala Dinner and Awards Night • Entry to Trade Show Exhibition • All Conference materials Sessions on both days attract valuable CPD points REGISTER NOW Avoid disappointment and secure your place today! Call 1800 633 116 for more information comment Life will go on, maybe a bit differently, but ... THIS year is shaping up to be one of the most memorable politically for several decades: Our own long and rugged election, the Brexit drama in the UK and subsequent impact on British governance, the US presidential bear pit, parliamentary and student volatility close to home in PNG, the Turkish not-quite-a-coup and more. Each of these has excited the mainstream media, driven by the 24-hour news cycle. Pundits (experts all, naturally) of every hue plus pollsters, politicians present and past, unionists and business leaders all have shared their opinions loudly, sometimes changing stance as things progress. We can criticise – and we do – but we’re a willing market for this flow of comment and semi-news. The reality is, however, that no matter what happens today or tomorrow or next month, life will go on. Events such as the Brexit vote have con- sequences. But not necessarily the sort of disasters many commentators would have us accept as fact without balanced consideration. The cargo sector was a poster child for rational thought in the post-Brexit battle- field. Leaders noted that arrangements with Europe would need to change and that planning would get under way immediately to protect trade, supply chains and profes- sional relationships. While some commentators bewailed the ‘inevitable’ loss of Britain’s role as a global financial centre and the disintegration of trading networks, others suggested that the old Commonwealth links would snap back into action. Certainly there will be changes, but they will for the most part be gradual and exponential, finding solutions both actively and passively. Commonwealth trade rebirth is a warm and fuzzy concept for many people, it seems. It’s not going to happen, though – Australia and NZ trading links have long become global in a way that seemed un- likely when ‘Mother Britain’ chose the EU. But suppliers here could find new oppor- tunities in Britain. In European markets, too. Some of these will benefit air cargo. Cli- ché it may be but we’ll roll with the punches and punch on ourselves. The US presidential election also raises issues for us, including the attitude likely to be taken by the eventual winner towards TPP. At this stage no-one can be absolutely sure because the contenders themselves seem uncertain. We’ve lived with the lengthy presidential process just as we – eventually – came to terms with the long, mentally exhausting election campaign at home. Now that a new government has been formed in Australia it’s time to leave the ‘what ifs’ to the politico geeks and get on with life. With the slimmest of majorities in the lower house, a potentially fractious senate and simmering factions in both the main parties, there will be a need for com- promise and positivity if Australia is to move forward effectively. We need to focus on issues such as pro- ductivity rather than bickering about political differences. Kelvin King writes.