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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has pledged to fix issues with dozens of new-generation trains in Maryborough if re-elected to Government.
While touring the Downer rail manufacturing plant this morning, the Labor leader promised to spend $150 million to modify about 35 of the new trains which are being manufactured in India by Bombardier.
The trains are more than 18 months late, and need significant modification to be able to operate properly including braking, air-conditioning, ventilation, sightlines for train drivers, and disability access.
"We will continue to deliver to you. We will fix the trains here in Maryborough, and we will ensure that any future trains built in Queensland are built here at Downer in Maryborough," she said.
"Tim Nicholls wanted trains built in Mumbai, I will build trains in Maryborough.
"This is great news for the workers … and what the apprentices are telling me is that this gives them long-term job security into the future."
The Newman government ordered the trains from the Bombardier-led consortium called Qtectic in January 2014, saying at the time they were coming in at half the price the previous government paid for rollingstock.
The LNP confirmed previously that government ministers Scott Emerson and Tim Nicholls accepted they were ultimately responsible for the project at the time, but said the project changed under Labor.
"Contracts were signed by the Newman government when Tim Nicholls was Treasurer, and now we're fixing their mess," Ms Palaszczuk said.
Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said it would take between 18 months to two years for the rectification work and that temporary fixes would be put in place to get some of them on track in time for the Commonwealth Games.
"It means long-term sustainable jobs in this community, and it means more apprentices, and apprentices fulfilling all of their apprenticeships right here in Maryborough," she said.
Local ALP MP Bruce Saunders, who holds the seat of Maryborough by a margin of just 1.1 per cent, said it was a shot in the arm for the manufacturing sector.
Labor focusing too much on Indian workmanship: LNPLNP leader Tim Nicholls said Labor seemed to be singling out the Indian manufacturing for criticism.
"It's the Labor Party who are identifying that these trains are being built by Bombardier in part in India and seem to be identifying them being built in India as the problem," Mr Nicholls said.
"Parts of the trains are being built in Canada and Germany and other places but it certainly seems to be the case that the Labor Party seems to be suggesting that there's something wrong with the manufacturing taking place in India."
But the LNP also had some explaining to do, after sending voters a letter which accuses Labor of supporting "attacks on traditional Australian values and our way of life by minority groups who think it's their right to tell you what to think."
Mr Nicholls made no apology for the language in the letter.
"We're all pretty sick and tired of the nanny state which is fostered by the Labor Party that tells us when we should and shouldn't have Australia Day," he said.
"We're sick of these minority groups that are going around telling us how to think, putting the traditional values that we hold under question.
"We know they find a home in certain sections of the Labor Party."
The LNP also wants the ride to work to be faster for motorists on the M1 and has promised $100 million to upgrade four exits.
"Unfortunately all too often for people here on the northern Gold Coast, they're stuck in traffic. And they're stuck getting on and off the on ramps here on the M1," Mr Nicholls said.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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