There are calls for the head of Queensland’s Transport Minister to be placed on the chopping block, in light of the Queensland Rail disaster.
It has been revealed that Minister Stirling Hinchliffe was warned about train driver staffing issues as early as March.
That is well before the recent forced service cancellations which forced many train travellers onto buses.
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Shadow Treasurer Scott Emerson said Mr Hinchliffe must do the right thing by Queenslanders and stand down, or be sacked by Annastacia Palaszczuk.
“These emails are the smoking gun that proves Mr Hinchliffe has known about staffing issues for months, but simply chose to do nothing,” Mr Emerson.
“Here we are months down the track, and the very issues the Minister was warned about have become a nightmarish reality for commuters.
“Stirling Hinchliffe has been telling Queenslanders he knew nothing about these issues until he was briefed by Queensland Rail last Thursday – we now know that’s simply not true.
“This has been the biggest debacle in Queensland Rail’s 151-year history.
“Over 200 services have been cut across the south-east to cover for the fact that Stirling Hinchliffe ignored advice and forgot to hire train drivers.
“Either Stirling Hinchliffe does the right thing and stands down as Minister or Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to show some leadership and sack him.
“For months Labor has been assuring Queenslanders it was prepared for the opening of the Redcliffe Peninsula Line – but clearly someone wasn’t keeping a close enough eye on things.
“The buck stops with the Minister. Stirling Hinchliffe has to take ultimate responsibility and he has to go.”