McMillan returns, but owner-driver spot up for grabs

Doug McMillan re-elected unopposed to the ATA’s council, but five people will contest the spot to represent owner-drivers

February 11, 2011

Industry veteran Doug McMillan has been re-elected to the council of the Australian Trucking Association, but the spot to represent owner-drivers will be contested by five people.

More than 130 trucking operators across Australia will go to the polls next week to decide the makeup of the ATA’s council, which determines the lobby group’s policy direction.

Doug McMillan has returned as the small fleet representative, which covers operators with two to five trucks.

Former owner-driver representative Frank Black will vie for the owner-driver position against Allan Clark, Geoffrey Einam, Mark Robinson and Peter Swift.

Black held the position before he was defeated at the last election by industry safety advocate Rod Hannifey. Hannifey could not run again because he no longer operates his own truck.

The ACT Electoral Commission will run the ballot, with papers due back on or before March 7.

McMillan, who has held the position on the council for 17 years, says he has represented the small fleet sector "with my whole heart and will continue to do so".

"To hold this position a person must be prepared to speak up for the small sector of the industry, sometimes under duress, and I have no hesitation in doing that," he says.

"You must also possess the ability to see the big picture and understand issues that affect all of the industry, and I believe I have maintained a good grasp of those issues."

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