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QUEENSLAND Premier Peter Beattie wants to fast-track new laws to protect anyone involved in an inquiry into last week's Tilt Train derailment.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating the accident in which the high-speed train left the rails on a bend near Bundaberg, injuring more than 120 of the 163 passengers on board.
The State Cabinet today approved an amendment to the Transport Infrastructure Act (1994) which will be introduced into the parliament tomorrow.
The amendment allows witnesses to provide evidence without fear of further prosecution, bringing it in line with similar federal legislation governing aviation accidents.
Premier Peter Beattie said the move would help investigators to get on with their job.
"This is designed to ensure that witnesses tell everything they know," Mr Beattie said.
"There is no point in having an inquiry unless we get to the bottom of it."
Mr Beattie urged the Nationals, the Liberals and independents to support the amendments and allow it quick passage through parliament this week.
"If ever there is a time when we need no silly little political games and nonsense, it is now," he said.
The ATSB report will be handed to the Queensland Government upon completion and tabled in parliament.
Opposition leader Lawrence Springborg said while he supported the amendments in principle, he could not give unqualified support until he had seen the proposed legislation.
"We certainly preserve our right to question the legislation because we haven't seen it," Mr Springborg said.
Meanwhile, the Spirit of Townsville Tilt Train which derailed last week, could be repaired and back on the tracks sometime in the future.
The damaged carriages have been taken to the Maryborough workshops of its builders, Walkers EDI, where they are being assessed and repaired.
Queensland Rail spokesman Ian Collier said QR had cleared the backlog of freight trains which built up during the time the track was closed.
"Since Friday, 31 freight trains have travelled north carrying 35,000 tonnes of freight, while 34 have travelled south with 43,000 tonnes of freight. This is about 50 per cent more than we would handle normally," Mr Collier said.
He said a lowered speed limit of 40km/h through the accident site and the state-wide limit of 100km/h on long haul passenger trains would remain in force for the foreseeable future.
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