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Rail inquiry: Minister quits after QR report condemns ‘complex and ineffective’ management

The ABC’s Chris O’Brien and Leonie Mellor report (6.2.17) on the fallout from the inquiry into Queensland Rail’s train service failures, which have led to the Transport Minister’s resignation.

‘Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe has resigned in response to a damning commission of inquiry into a driver shortage and timetable failures at Queensland Rail. Deputy Premier Jackie Trad will become acting minister in his place.

‘Consultant Phillip Strachan’s commission of inquiry, released today, found complacency, a reluctance to share bad news and an “unwieldy” management structure led to last year’s rail service disruptions in south-east Queensland.

‘Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she had accepted Mr Hinchliffe’s resignation, but also offered her thanks to Mr Hinchliffe for his work “to manage the very challenging issues at Queensland Rail”.

‘Ms Palaszczuk also revealed she had appointed Mr Strachan as the new QR chairman. Ms Palaszczuk also revealed she had appointed Mr Strachan as the new QR chairman.’

Queensland Cabinet reshuffle: Jackie Trad named as Transport Minister

The ABC reports (10.2.17) on details of Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s cabinet resuffle, brought about by the resignation of former Transport and Commonwealth Games Minister, Stirling Hinchliffe, in the wake of the Queensland Rail fiasco.

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