End of the line for Labor's Mark Bailey

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The Palaszczuk Labor Government's shocking rail record was condemned in Parliament today by the Liberal National Party.

"Queensland's Rail Fail is here to stay under Labor," LNP Shadow Transport Minister Steve Minnikin said.

"Labor's Transport Minister is clearly not up to the task of managing his portfolio and can't say when services will be restored.

"Being unable to set a date is an admission by Labor that they don't have a plan to end Rail Fail.

"Commuters are suffering because of Mark Bailey's incompetence and he should be sacked.

"Labor abused their numbers in Parliament today to block the motion despite almost two years of service cuts and daily disruption on the network.

"Mark Bailey and Labor are completely out of touch with commuters.

"Labor may have used their numbers to defeat the motion, but their defence was weak."

Private Members' Motion by Chatsworth MP and Shadow Transport Minister Steve Minnikin:

This house:
1. Notes:
   a. In early 2016, GIRO and Indec warned Labor of a driver shortage once the Redcliffe Peninsula line opened;
   b. On 30/09/2016, 48 services were cancelled and Minister Hinchliffe found out on Twitter;
   c. On 4/10/2016 the Redcliffe Peninsula line opened with Labor employing fewer qualified drivers than in January 2015;
   d. On 21/10/2016, 12% of scheduled services were cancelled with large scale disruptions to services occurring over the following weeks;
   e. On 24/10/2016, Labor announced a plan to recruit 200 Traincrew, despite an earlier EBA that blocked external recruitment for these positions;
   f. On 27/10/2016, the QR Chair and CEO resigned;
   g. On Christmas Day 2016, 261 or 36% of all scheduled services were cancelled;
   h. Numerous interim timetables announced by the government have been changed frequently and without warning;
   i. The Labor/ Unions MOU to pay multi-million dollar Commonwealth Games bonus payments;
   j. The RTBU taking Queensland Rail to the Fair Work Commission to block external recruitment based on Labor's 2017 EBA;
   k. On 4/10/2018, Labor accepted the resignation of QR Chair Phillip Strachan, handpicked by the Premier to fix the trains, and two other board members;
   l. Labor has paid millions of dollars in overtime to staff because of the  RTBU's preference for a structural deficit of staff;
2. Notes Labor's failure to nominate when Rail Fail will end and the 472 weekly services will be restored; and
3. Expresses no confidence in the Minister for Transport and Main Roads.

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