Qld corruption watchdog needs a longer leash? Palaszczuk seeks advice

Queenslanders are being asked to reconsider the legislative boundaries around the state’s corruption watchdog but the government is already committed to widening its remit.

Only a few years ago the state government narrowed the range of matters the independent anti-corruption body could investigate, so it could focus its time and resources on the more serious end of the spectrum. The Western Australian government made a similar move midway through last year, leaving less serious matters to agencies themselves and the WA Public Service Commission.

The previous Queensland government did this by raising the legislative threshold for bad behaviour that could be investigated by the independent commission, in response to a review by former High Court Justice Ian Callinan and University of Queensland professor Nicholas Aroney.

At the same time it renamed it from the Crime and Misconduct Commission to the Crime and Corruption Commission, and set it after newly defined “corrupt conduct” rather than the “official misconduct” that was the CMC’s domain.

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