Early election for QLD

By: Amie Hickland

QBIC has released a Moving People policy document as the State Election has been called

The Queensland Bus Industry Council (QBIC) has released the latest in a series of Moving People policy documents in time for the hastily called State Election.

The Queensland State Election has been called for January 31, which is "earlier than anticipated," according to QBIC Executive Director David Tape.

Tape says the organisation has released their own Moving People document outlining the association’s views on how public transport can be improved in future.

This follows the release of similar documents from the Bus Industry Confederation (BIC), TasBus and BusSA.

"We’ve sent a copy of that document to all of our members and a copy will also be in the mail to all Members of Parliament," says Tape.

He is asking all members and MPs to take the time to read the document thoroughly, to "see that we’re serious about the future of public transport in Queensland."

Tape says the election is unlikely to bring operators any certainty around possible contract renewals in the immediate future.

"I don’t think we’re going to get any certainty in regards to contract future prior to the 31st of January," he says.

"It’s up to the voters now to make that decision on the 31st."

Premier Campbell Newman announced his intention for the election date via Twitter earlier this month.

"This morning I visited the Acting Governor. Writs have been issued for 31 January 2015.The most important election in many years. #qldpol," reads the Tweet.

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