Cr MacKenzie seems to be on crack or some other substance.They are called the LNP (Liberal National Party). In Queensland the Nationals are the dominate partner unlike the other states. The Libs within the LNP would want to have kill it off, but the Nats would have said no.The agri-socialists were not going to kill the country passenger services as they fear the re-emergence of the One Nation, Kapper and other minor parties eroding their territory, on the perception of providing services to the rural parts of the state.
The Libs (or whatever they are in Qld) had their opportunity to pull the pin on these services, but bottled it.
They wanted to leave this move to ALP so they can blame them.
Another example is the Asset sales that included QRN. I would imagine most Libs would have love to have done it, but the Nats wanted to retain control of rail, for rural services such as cattle and grain. ALP did it and then copped the blame with a very good campaign by the LNP saying (rightly or wrongly depending on your view) how terrible it was.
So you had the unusual circumstance where Abbott/Hockey were giving additional money for states privatising assets for infrastructure. Due to the political baggage of asset sales Newman (LNP) couldn't. Whereas other Lib states couldn't get enough of it.
Qld politics is unique.