AAPMAAssociation of Australian Port and Marine Authorities
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AAPMA president John Hayes, reiterating a point which has frustrated the ports community for years, told delegates that the importance and significance of ports were still not recognised by federal or state governments or in many regional areas, even though ports account for over 90 per cent of trade in and out of the country.
AAPMA executive director John Hirst, speaking to Business Asia/Overseas Trading after the conference, said many ports, particularly ones in capital cities, suffered from being too "politicised" by their various state governments, resulting in conflict between the port's aims and a government's political and budget objectives.