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Qantas has dumped its 40-year partnership with the Federal Government’s tourism body, claiming its boss Geoff Dixon is deliberately trying to sabotage the airline.

The national carrier has suspended a $50 million marketing deal with Tourism Australia, claiming its chairman Mr Dixon, a former Qantas chief executive, was “agitating” behind the scenes to remove the current Qantas management.

Qantas has formally suspended its relationship and will redirect its significant marketing budget, which helps the Government market Australia overseas, to state-based tourism bodies.