Flawed new Queensland Rail trains will be used during the upcoming Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, despite an Australian Human Rights Commission ruling.
The Commission has refused to grant an exemption for the nine new trains, which have a number of design flaws, including no disabled toilets.
However, Transport Minister Mark Bailey told state parliament on Tuesday the trains will be used despite the commission’s objections.
“These trains will run for the Commonwealth Games,” Mr Bailey told parliament on Tuesday.
Mr Bailey again blamed the LNP opposition for the situation, because the trains were originally ordered under the previous Newman government.
The government and QR went to the commission last year, seeking an urgent three-year exemption from disability access laws that are meant to ensure all commuters have the same access to public transport.
But the commission was not persuaded that the government’s reasons outweighed the effect of the non-compliant trains on people with a disability.
Mr Bailey also told parliament work to fix the problems with the new trains would be carried out in Maryborough, after concerns were raised that the train’s manufacturer Bombardier was yet to sign off on the arrangement.