Queensland's CCC confirms nepotism investigation

By The Mandarin

January 21, 2016

Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission
Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission

The Crime and Corruption Commission has confirmed it is investigating nepotism claims at Queensland Health’s eHealth unit, and also corrected the record for who gets credit for coming clean.

Two senior Queensland Health bureaucrats were stood aside on New Year’s Day pending the CCC’s decision on whether to investigate.

The CCC released a statement yesterday, confirming it will do so:

“In December 2015, Queensland Health notified the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) about allegations of corrupt conduct relating to recruitment processes.

“The CCC has assessed these allegations and has determined it is in the public interest to advise it has commenced an investigation to determine if there has been any corrupt conduct.

“While these matters remain under investigation, the CCC will make no further comment.”

Earlier this month, Queensland Health released a statement confirming that two unnamed senior officers were under investigation over a recent recruitment.

The Courier-Mail named those officers as deputy director-general of corporate services Sussan Middleditch and eHealth Queensland chief executive Colin McCririck.

The newspaper said Terry Middleditch, husband of Sussan, scored a job as acting director of people and culture within Queensland Health’s e-health unit just months after his wife was promoted to deputy director-general.

The Courier-Mail also alleges the couple’s daughter was given a job within Queensland Health in 2014. The CCC is apparently also looking into this matter.

It was originally reported that Queensland Health boss Michael Walsh stood down the pair one day after the CCC informed him of the nepotism investigation. But the CCC now confirmed that Queensland Health was the source of the original complaint, and the CCC was merely confirming its seriousness before the Walsh could act against the pair.

It’s the second nepotism scandal to hit Queensland government ranks in recent months. Last November, former Education Department director-general Julie Grantham was sentenced to a suspended six-month jail term after pleading guilty to fixing a recruitment process to land her son a position in the public service.

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