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Queensland Rail (QR) has forked out $65 million for crew overtime and replacement buses during an 18-month period, a figure the State Opposition has described as "obscene".
But the Government has blamed the LNP for cutting the number of drivers when it was in office.
The LNP has added up figures from Questions on Notice which revealed the cost of overtime for train drivers and guards was $41.6 million since October 2016 — the start of the so-called "rail fail" which sparked the Strachan Inquiry.
Another $23 million was spent on buses and taxis when trains were out of service for track maintenance
"It is staggering that almost a million dollars in taxpayer's money is being spent every fortnight in overtime," Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington said.
"Queenslanders are paying an obscene amount for overtime but services aren't improving.
"I will keep saying it until I am blue in the face, 'Annastacia Palaszczuk must sack Transport Minister Mark Bailey'."
The most recent figures show $485,000 was paid in overtime to drivers in one April fortnight, and $312,000 to guards.
Mr Bailey said the overtime bill was on the way down as more drivers were employed.
"Doomsday Deb needs to stop being loose with the truth and misrepresenting data for political gain," he said.
"What the data clearly shows is a reduction in overtime — yet again, the LNP are deceiving the people of Queensland.
"What's more, if the LNP had trained a single driver in their final year while in power, we wouldn't be in this mess.
"Ultimately, we do not apologise for paying workers appropriately as unlike the LNP, the Palaszczuk Government believes overtime is a sacrifice that should be rewarded."
Mr Bailey said 78 new drivers and 196 new guards were working on the south-east Queensland network.
"Due to natural attrition, this means there has been a net increase of 38 fully qualified drivers. That includes drivers, tutors, and train operation inspectors," he said.
The LNP said there were more drivers when it left office in 2015 than when it was elected in 2012.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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