Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s video appeared to claim credit for the CityHopper ferry service. Photo: SuppliedBrisbane City Council will demand state funding for its free inner-city ferry service after Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk appeared to claim credit for the service in a video posted on her official Facebook account.
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The video, uploaded on Sunday night, outlines the achievements of the Palaszczuk government at the half-way point of its first term.

The thumbnail for the video shows a CityHopper ferry, with the tag line “delivering frontline services” written underneath. The frame appears about 1½ minutes into the video.

“Ninety-three per cent of public transport users across the south-east Queensland network will receive cheaper fares under my government,” Ms Palaszczuk says under vision of a red CityHopper ferry on the Brisbane River.

The problem with that was the CityHopper services were council-run and council-funded and were already a free service for passengers.

Liberal National Party councillor Andrew Wines (Enoggera) moved a motion in the council’s public and active transport committee on Tuesday morning to “respectfully request state funding” for the service.

“The Premier has clearly claimed that she funds – that her government funds – the CityHopper, so therefore if she is going to make such a claim, it is only right and fair that she actually does fund the CityHopper,” he said.

“Or, she admits her error and removes the video.”

Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner, who seconded Cr Wines’ motion, appeared to delight in the partisan point-scoring, which was met with exasperation from the committee’s two Labor councillors, who mumbled about it being a “waste of time”.

“You might have just saved the ratepayers some money,” Cr Schrinner said to Cr Wines.

“We’ll be writing to the Premier based on the decision of this committee.”

Comment has been sought from Ms Palaszczuk.

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