Senior mandarin from Queensland’s education department stood aside

By Shannon Jenkins

May 12, 2020

(Adobe/Ines Porada)

A senior bureaucrat from the Queensland Public Service has been stood aside, according to Department of Education director-general Tony Cook.

Cook revealed the news in a statement on Monday — just two days after the former deputy premier and treasurer Jackie Trad announced her own resignation.

“A senior executive of the Department of Education has been stood aside today from their position with the department, effective immediately,’’ Cook said.

“Out of respect for the executive’s privacy, no further comment will be made at this time.’’

Education Minister Grace Grace on Monday told The Courier-Mail Cook’s announcement was related to a Crime and Corruption Commission probe.

“It is my understanding that the director-general’s actions relate to a matter that is currently being investigated by the CCC.”

The CCC is currently looking into claims that Trad had meddled with the selection process for the principal of a new high school in her electorate — Inner City South State Secondary College.

The state Opposition made the allegations to the corruption watchdog five months ago.

Trad said she was told the investigation would go ahead on Friday, and would stand aside from her ministerial duties “until the investigation is concluded”.

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