The Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment has made it cheaper for youth to travel on pub­lic trans­port

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

QR CEO He­len Gluer re­signed on Oc­to­ber 25, ad­mit­ting that the plan­ning and im­ple­men­ta­tion 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 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 to 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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