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Transport Minister John Mickel will confront Queensland Rail (QR) bosses this afternoon and tell them their corporate hospitality 'culture' must change.
QR head Lance Hockridge says he takes responsibility for a $30,000 corporate dinner organised for freight customers in inner Brisbane during the city's Riverfire event at the weekend.
The event was cancelled at the orders of Mr Mickel, with the Minister saying there should be proper rules for hospitality.
"They [QR] shouldn't underestimate how angry I am on behalf of the taxpayers, because I'm red hot about this," Mr Mickel said.
Mr Hockridge said the dinner was hosting important freight customers and he is disappointed by the backlash from the State Government and public.
In Mackay for a State Government Community Cabinet meeting, Mr Mickel says he is flying back to Brisbane early to lay down the law.
"I want to have quite a frank discussion with them this afternoon," he said.
"There is a culture in QR that I think the taxpayers have a right on my behalf to insist that it changes and be responsive to their needs and I can tell you this - I want to sit down too with the board and make sure that they've got proper governance arrangements around it."
Mr Hockridge says he wants to keep his job.
"I would love to stay because I have such a fundamental view about how good this business is," he said.
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