I did not go off the rails: Pitt
BESIEGED former treasurer Curtis Pitt has "categorically" denied misleading Parliament over a Queensland Rail union pay deal.
Mr Pitt faces a baptism of fire when Parliament resumes to vote on his appointment as Speaker amid a potential Ethics Committee investigation.
The Mulgrave MP who was dumped from the key Cabinet post of treasurer following November's election will be forced to explain his actions relating to a Queensland Rail union pay deal should the State Opposition succeed in having him referred to the powerful parliamentary committee.
Mr Pitt said he would be happy to provide the Speaker with any information required.
"I categorically refute any suggestion that I have misled Parliament and I would be more than happy to provide the Speaker with any further information or clarification should he request it," he said in a statement.
The Courier-Mail yesterday revealed that Mr Pitt strongarmed the QR board into rubber stamping the union agreement for train drivers.
The QR board which, annual reports reveal, was paid just shy of $400,000 a year to provide advice to QR management was effectively sidelined from negotiations.
Emails reveal the Rail Tram and Bus Union instead entered into negotiations directly with Mr Pitt who later wrote to QR's board telling them to push through with the controversial agreement.
The "Rail fail" timetable meltdown triggered the resignations of both QR chief executive Helen Gluer, board chairman Michael Klug and ultimately then-transport minister Stirling Hinchliffe.
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington yesterday confirmed her party would write to Speaker Peter Wellington alleging Mr Pitt misled Parliament in statements about the Government's role in the pay negotiations.
"This is just the latest example of a culture of secrecy and cover-up that has plagued the Palaszczuk Government," she said.
"Labor Ministers were quick to scapegoat the board for the rail fail but then strongarmed the board to approve a sweetheart deal with the unions."
A Palaszczuk Government spokesman yesterday insisted the agreement had board support despite the emails revealing Mr Pitt had written to the board asking them to sign the agreement.
"The Enterprise Agreements for staff of Queensland Rail are approved by the Board of Queensland Rail."
The LNP had no genuine interest in resolving train crewing issues at Queensland Rail that they helped create by sacking QR staff, including trainee drivers, the spokesman said.