Acting chair appointed to Queensland anti-corruption agency after leader resigns

By Jackson Graham

January 31, 2022

Bruce Barbour
Bruce Barbour is the QCCC acting chair. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

An acting chair will lead Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Commission as a process begins of getting bipartisan support for a new chair. 

CCC chair Alan MacSporran resigned after more than six years in the role last week as pressure mounted on the watchdog after a parliamentary committee report claimed he had not acted “independently and impartially”.

The committee’s report was sparked after fraud charges from a CCC investigation were dropped against seven Logan City councillors last year.  

Queensland attorney-general Shannon Fentiman has now appointed previous NSW ombud of 15 years Bruce Barbour as the acting chair. 

“He has the capability and skills to lead the CCC in the interim,” Fentiman said. 

Barbour has an understanding of the agency’s operations after serving as an ordinary commissioner since 2021. 

He’s been a senior member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and been a member of various public committees and authorities in NSW, as well as serving for short stints as the acting Queensland integrity commissioner during the commissioner’s absences in 2019-20. 

“Mr Barbour’s appointment is for three months while the recruitment process for a permanent replacement is undertaken,” Fentiman said. 

The government will now consult with Queensland’s parliamentary crime and corruption committee to seek bi-partisan support about the nomination and appointment of a new chair.

The government has until March to respond to the committee’s findings following its investigation into the Logan City Council matter. 

The committee’s recommendations include a review the organisation’s structure, relevant legislation and that the CCC undertake cultural reform.


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