“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,” said Mr. Hinchliffe in a statement.
“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 comprehensive inquiry into Queensland Rail train crewing practices, and the recent issues arisen from driver shortage and timetable failures, was undertaken by Inquiry Commissioner Phillip Strachan, who has been appointed Chairman of Queensland Rail.
“The findings of Mr Strachan 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 today marks a line in the sand on the matter,” said Mr. Hinchliffe.
Deputy Premier Jackie Trad will serve as Acting Transport Minister and Treasurer and Minister for Sport Curtis Pitt will serve as Acting Minister for Commonwealth Games.
Mr. Hinchliffe will remain Leader of the House and will be recontesting the next election to continue as Member for Sandgate.