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European Australian Business : 2008
26 that operate in accordance with Gov- ernment requirements as Regulated Air Cargo Agents. These initiatives ensure that people who fly to, and within, Australia can do so with confidence. A new preventive security awareness package has also been launched to help the trucking industry stand watch against terrorism and a Maritime Se- curity Identification Card for maritime industry workers has been introduced to strengthen security on Australia’s docks, ships and offshore oil and gas operations. The clever country – transport innovations for export Australia has been called the lucky country – it is also the clever country, particularly in the transport arena. Australia’s railway engineers are re- nowned for their cost-effective railway solutions over vast distances and ex- tremely arduous operating conditions. Australia also has a wealth of light rail technology– Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide each have a light rail system, as well as conventional urban railways. Melbourne’s is the largest and most economical network of its type in the world. Mining and agricultural railways are another strength, with Australia’s technologies available as a complete materials-handling system, or as separate parts. Australian built vessels – from kayaks and canoes through to state-of-the-art catamarans and cruisers – are highly competitive in the world market. Par- ticular strengths include high-speed car and passenger ferries. Australia also has niche expertise in custom-built ferries for environmentally-sensitive river and estuary systems including in Denmark. A wealth of opportunities I have only scratched the surface of the wealth of expertise Australia has to offer in the transport sector and I urge you to consider the opportunities. As many European-based companies will confirm, there are sound reasons to be doing business and investing in Australia including our position as a major gateway to the Asia-Pacific re- gion. I look forward to a continuation, and strengthening, of the European- Australian trading partnership. The Hon Anthony Albanese MP Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government foreword The Hon Anthony Albanese MP