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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Crime and Corruption Commission temporary appointments

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015

    Crime and Corruption Commission temporary appointments

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath has announced a series of temporary appointments to the Crime and Corruption Commission.

     Mrs D’Ath said the terms of four CCC officers acting in their roles – the chairperson, chief executive officer and two commissioners ­– expire today. 

    “I have taken steps to ensure the CCC can continue to operate with independence and integrity by putting in place these temporary appointments for two months,” the Attorney-General said.

     Mrs D’Ath urged the LNP to stop playing politics with the crucial role of the CCC chairperson. She again called on LNP members of the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee to give the appointment of a new chair the urgent attention it deserves.

     “The LNP won’t even consider the proposed nomination despite all sides acknowledging the candidate is of extremely high calibre,” the Attorney-General said.

     The acting appointments are:

     Acting Chairperson Ann Gummow

    Ann Gummow was a commissioner of the then-Crime and Misconduct Commission from 2006-2011 and previously acted as chairperson. She has more than two decades’ experience with the Women’s Legal Service in Brisbane.

     Acting Chief Executive Officer Kathleen Florian

    Kathleen Florian has extensive experience in the investigation of serious and organised crime. Since 2012 she has been in charge of the CCC’s major crime function, which comprises specialist teams targeting the state’s highest-threat organised crime groups, criminal pedophilia and proceeds of crime.

     Acting Commissioner David Kent QC

    Since 1989, David Kent QC has practised predominantly in criminal law but has broad experience in personal injuries, industrial, administrative and commercial law.  He has appeared for the defence and the prosecution in all Queensland courts, and up to the High Court of Australia.

     Acting Commissioner Soraya Ryan QC

    Soraya Ryan QC is a barrister specialising in criminal, mental health and administrative law. She has experience as a prosecutor, educator and appeared as counsel for Legal Aid Queensland in trials, appeals and other applications before commencing work at the private bar in 2010.

     Deputy Chair Syd Williams QC was appointed in 2014 with bipartisan support and continues in his position.

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