TRAINS WILL CON­TINUE TO BE BUILT IN IN­DIA WITH A MA­JOR DE­SIGN FLAW THAT WILL LATER FORCE THEM TO BE RIPPED APART AND FIXED IN QUEENS­LAND AT A COST TO TAX­PAY­ERS OF $100 MIL­LION.

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS | LETTERS -

The New­man Gov­ern­ment may have or­dered the new trains, but the de­signs would have had to be ap­proved by QR and pre­sum­ably the unions. Gov­ern­ments of any per­sua­sion only op­er­ate on the ad­vice they re­ceive from so-called ex­pert ad­vis­ers, in this case QR. The cur­rent Gov­ern­ment has had three years to sort out this mess, and it would seem it has only suc­ceeded in mak­ing things worse. DesV Wouldn’t it be eas­ier and cheaper to change the specs with the builder be­fore they build any more? Ian Why do we need trains with toi­lets on most lines any­way? Daniel Un­til we elect a gov­ern­ment with the courage and de­ter­mi­na­tion to break the union stran­gle­hold on Queens­land this will con­tinue. Andy How much was saved by build­ing them in In­dia? This goes on all the time. In the re­sources in­dus­try, things are built over­seas and then brought up to Aus­tralian stan­dards. There are usu­ally sig­nif­i­cant costs in­volved in the re­works. How­ever, thou­sands of dol­lars are still saved. Ja­son Vari­a­tions to con­tracts aren’t that easy to ne­go­ti­ate. It would prob­a­bly cost more than do­ing the mod­i­fi­ca­tions here. Matt More tax­pay­ers’ money squan­dered by in­com­pe­tent pub­lic ser­vants and politi­cians. Richard

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