Queensland Shadow Minister for Transport and Main Roads Fiona Simpson
Nolan Backs Premier Over Ipswich Rail Workers
Victor P Taffa
The Queensland Transport Minister has put her front bench job before the jobs of Ipswich rail workers and backed the Premier’s claims voters knew about the asset sale before the election according to Shadow Minister Fiona Simpson.
Queensland Shadow Minister for Transport and Main Roads Fiona Simpson said Minister Nolan had betrayed her constituents and rail workers across the State by agreeing the Bligh Labor Government had been upfront about the rushed asset sales.
“The Minister claimed in State Parliament that Ipswich rail workers and their colleagues had to know about the asset fire sale because it was mentioned as a possibility in a single paragraph in a national financial newspaper.” Ms. Simpson said.
“Clearly Minister Nolan did not read that article herself or she would not have claimed ‘Queensland Rail is not for sale’ just days before the Premier announced otherwise.”
“Perhaps she believed the Treasurer when he stated last March* that Labor did not have plans or an ‘ideological commitment to pursuing privatisation’.” Ms. Simpson said.
“The Minister would rather support the Premier than stand up for the hundreds of local workers whose lives and jobs have been thrown into turmoil by the Bligh Labor Government’s privatisation agenda.”
“A billboard has already been erected locally to remind Minister Nolan her job is to represent the people of Ipswich it seems that message is not getting through with the Minister putting her job before the jobs of Queenslanders.” Ms. Simpson said.
*Source – Andrew Fraser on 612ABC Party Games, 13/03/09