It’s the end of the line for lying Transport Minister
Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Transport Minister has been exposed again as incompetent and a liar after the CEO of Queensland Rail confirmed just 16 extra train drivers had been recruited to tackle the state’s on-going rail crisis.
Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington said the admission by Nick Easy contradicted claims by Transport Minister Mark Bailey, who told Parliament this week that Labor was ‘well on track’ to delivering the 200 extra drivers recommended by the Strachan Report in January 2017.
“At this rate it will take Labor more than a decade to recruit the drivers QR needs,” Ms Frecklington said.
“The basic incompetence of this Minister and the Palaszczuk Labor Government is off the scale.
“The solution isn’t complicated – end the closed shop and hire more drivers.”
Ms Frecklington said Mr Easy’s comments cast further doubt on Mark Bailey’s honesty.
“Mark Bailey was flat-out lying when he told Parliament the Government was ‘well on track’ to delivering 200 extra drivers,” Ms Frecklington said.
“He was fudging the figures and has proved again that he cannot be trusted by Queenslanders.
“He can find his union mates a job in four days but he can’t get more drivers for QR.
“It’s time for the Premier to step up and sack this lying, incompetent excuse for a Minister.
“Then she should face down the rail union, hire more drivers and fix the rail crisis.
“Commuters have waited long enough – they can’t wait another 10 years.”
NB: On Monday March 20 Transport Minister Mark Bailey told Parliament:
“Currently, there are 69 drivers in the system and 168 guards all working additional to the system. There are 77 drivers currently being trained and 51 guards and we have selected 143 trainee drivers and 260 trainee guards, so we are well on track to delivering the Strachan review reforms of 200 extra drivers and 200 guards.”
The Strachan Inquiry recommended QR recruit an extra 200 train drivers and 200 more guards (see page 9 at the link below).