A Sunshine Coast bus driver was brutally bashed in a road rage attack on Saturday evening, just as the Transport Minister decides to shift $1.2 million worth of funding from the Sunshine Coast to the Gold Coast.
“Everyone deserves the right to go to work without fear, but this Government’s actions speak louder than words,” Transport Workers’ Union State Secretary Peter Biagini said.
“Why is this Government waiting for someone to die before they act?”
The road-rage assault occurred after the bus driver slowed on a two-lane roundabout to allow the vehicle beside it to pass, only for that vehicle to slow with it.
“When the bus driver pulled into a bus stop to pick up passengers, that same vehicle cut in front and the driver got out, rushed onto the bus, pushed the passengers out of the way and repeatedly punched the driver,” Mr Biagini said.
“It was a cowardly and unnecessary road-rage attack, and one that is all too familiar for Queensland bus drivers.”
“Incidents like this highlight how much this State Government needs to step up for its workers and enforce harsher penalties for offenders who attack drivers doing their job, install duress alarms, provide training and security.”
Meanwhile, Transport Minister Scott Emerson made the decision to move $1.2 million from the Sunshine Coast services to give that money to the Gold Coast for their Light Rail system.
“This driver and his family have every right to think that this State Government does not care about them,” Mr Biagini said.
“There is already not enough money and this government continues to rob one area to pay another.”
“Emerson is taking services away from the Sunshine Coast where he should be investing.”
“Minister Emerson either does not care or has spent the last 12 months with blinkers on, because he continues to ignore the reality of what is happening within his industries,” Mr Biagni said.
“We are calling for a no-confidence in Transport Minister Scott Emerson and his Assistant Transport Minister Steve Minnikin, because Queenslanders deserve better.”
Mick O’Brien – 0411 875 910