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

    Next step to address corrupt conduct in Queensland

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

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

    Next step to address corrupt conduct in Queensland

    Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath today released an issues paper for public consultation on the definition of “corrupt conduct” in the Crime and Corruption Act 2001.

    Mrs D’Ath said the Palaszczuk Government was determined to deliver on its promise to Queenslanders to ensure the state’s public sector watchdog has the teeth it needs to tackle corruption adequately.

    “This is the next step in the Palaszczuk Government’s election commitment to reform the CCC by widening the definition of ‘corrupt conduct’ in the Crime and Corruption Act,” Mrs D’Ath said.

    “This follows on from important changes we have already implemented, including by undertaking a recruitment process for permanent appointments to the CCC.

    “This definition helps to establish the independent CCC’s jurisdiction in relation to addressing public sector corruption.

    “It is vital that we get this definition right so the CCC has the necessary and appropriate jurisdiction to address corruption in our society.”

    Mrs D’Ath said the issues paper invites comment from interested individuals or organisations on any issues arising from the current definition of ‘corrupt conduct’ in the Crime and Corruption Act 2001, and what changes might be required to address these issues.

    It follows the introduction of the Crime and Corruption Amendment Bill 2015, which delivers on a number of other election commitments to restore the CCC’s independence and integrity.

    Mrs D’Ath said this consultation is a vital part of the Queensland Government’s commitment to ensure that the CCC operates as a strong public watchdog.

    “Queenslanders expect the CCC to have the necessary jurisdiction to provide careful scrutiny of our public institutions so our Government lives up to the highest standards of integrity and accountability,” she said.

    “We are determined to consult widely to ensure we get the changes to the definition of ‘corrupt conduct’ right.”

    Comments and submissions can be provided until 29 March 2016 via https://www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au/gi/consultation/2907/view.html

     

     

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