Minister resigns over timetable debacle

Stirling Hinchliffe has resigned as Queensland Transport Minister.

TRANSPORT Minister Stirling Hinchliffe has resigned as the state government released the report into Queensland Rail’s timetable debacle.

Mr Hinchliffe has stood down from all his ministerial positions, including the Commonwealth Games portfolio, but will remain Leader of the House. The announcement came as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk fronted a press conference detailing the problems at QR over the past five months.

Mr Hinchliffe had faced regular calls from the Liberal National Party opposition to resign over his department’s handling of the staffing crisis which beset QR following the opening of the Redcliffe Peninsula line in October.

Not enough drivers and guards were able to staff the increased number of services across the southeast’s rail network, leading to commuter chaos on a number of occasions when hundreds of services were cut.

His resignation ironically comes after Phillip Strachan’s key report int…

Read the full article at: http://www.news.com.au/national/queensland/politics/transport-minister-stirling-hinchliffe-resigns/news-story/97df91644965118b4b19ce8f4f8a1de2

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