Qld Transport Minister resigns

Driver shortages and timetable failures at Queensland Rail has led to the resignation of Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games Stirling Hinchliffe.

Qld Transport Minister resigns
Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games Stirling Hinchliffe has resigned

It comes following an official inquiry into the Redcliffe Peninsula line debacle — with Deputy Premier Jackie Trad now in as acting minister in his place.

Brisbane’s new Redcliffe Peninsula line officially opened on October 4 last year, but the celebrations did not last as a driver shortage led to the cancellation of services.

Queensland Rail CEO Helen Gluer resigned on October 25, admitting that the planning and implantation of the new line was flawed and an official inquiry was launched.

"Whilst this has been a tough personal decision, I believe it is in the best interests of the Palaszczuk Government," Hinchliffe says.

"The issues at Queensland Rail have been some of the most challenging and, at times, frustrating issues I have needed to manage as a Minister.

"I know that they have been a distraction for the Government’s core task of delivering jobs for Queenslanders. 

"Now that the Commission of Inquiry has concluded and the Government delivered its response, I believe that Queensland Rail and the Transport portfolio have the path prepared for a fresh start to get back to delivering for our passengers. 

"The findings demonstrate that no minister or government could have foreseen driver shortage issue due the Queensland Rail mismanagement.

"I’m pleased that following a rough slog we have been able to begin to turn this issue around and this marks a line in the sand on the matter."

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