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Qld ministers stand by Hinchliffe

AAP logoAAP 2/11/2016 Jamie McKinnell

Senior Queensland Labor figures are lining up to endorse embattled Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe as he faces growing calls to resign or be sacked over the train timetabling fiasco.

Mr Hinchliffe and his Director-General Neil Scales have both said they had no prior warning about the mass cancellation of services last month due to a driver shortage.

That's despite revelations a January report circulated to QR bosses warned of the looming saga.

"He (Mr Hinchliffe) has the absolute support of cabinet," Disability Minsiter Coralee O'Rourke said on Wednesday.

"He's working very hard on making sure that QR is delivering a solution to this particular issue."

QR is operating on an interim timetable as it works out a more permanent solution, though there were more cancellations continued on Tuesday afternoon.

Police Minister Bill Byrne described Mr Hinchliffe as "a very, very good minister" who was facing "difficult and trying circumstances" publicly.

"All I can say is I support him 100 per cent as I know the entire cabinet does," Mr Byrne said.

"We're going to get on and fix the problem."

Energy Minister Mark Bailey also offered Mr Hinchliffe his support.

"I think it's well-known that Queensland Rail had not informed him of the issues here and he is working very hard," he said.

"He's being very effective. He has our absolute confidence."

Mr Hinchliffe came under heavy opposition fire during question time on Tuesday and is likely to remain the focus on Wednesday afternoon.

Liberal National Party leader Tim Nicholls missed out - by one vote - on being granted leave to move a motion of no-confidence in Mr Hinchliffe.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has said she was "furious" about the situation, which has led to the resignations of QR chief executive Helen Gluer and board chairman Michael Klug.

Ms Gluer received a payout of nearly $160,000 in lieu of giving notice.

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