Queensland Rail’s Sunlander
Queensland Rail’s Sunlander Contributed

Train renewal a 'case study in ill-informed decision making'

A REVIEW into the 2011 upgrade of the Sunlander tilt train has found it was a "case study in obfuscation and ill-informed decision making".   

The Queensland auditor-general's report, released on Tuesday, found the train "renewal" under the Bligh government did not represent value for money, and would add more carriages to the Sunlander despite decreasing patronage.  

The Sunlander runs from Brisbane to Cairns through Gympie, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Gladstone and Mackay.

While the LNP reduced the three Sunlander train's carriages from 14 to nine the report said this also failed to deliver value for money.    

The auditor-general said the "parties involved ignored or did not want to advise government on the full costs of the project, preferring instead to communicate costs in what they percieved to be more palatable portions".  

Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk, who approved the project as transport minister, said the report showed public servants failed to provide her with the full details.  

However, LNP transport minister Scott Emerson said the findings showed Ms Palaszczuk could not be trusted to run the state.   

"The Leader of the Opposition needs to tell Queensland families whether she was simply incompetent when she signed over $195 million of taxpayer funds, or whether she hid the fact that the project would blow out by another $200 million," Mr Emerson said.  


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