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    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Top Crown Prosecutor named new CMC head

    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Thursday, February 16, 2012

    Top Crown Prosecutor named new CMC head

    The Queensland Government has appointed highly regarded Crown Prosecutor Ross Martin SC as the new chair of the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC).

    Attorney-General Paul Lucas welcomed the appointment of Ross Martin who will commence in the role from 5 March 2012.

    “Mr Martin has dedicated his life to public service through the legal profession and I congratulate him on his appointment to such an important role,” Mr Lucas said.

    “He brings close to 30 years legal experience to the CMC following a distinguished career with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions where he has most recently been Deputy Director,” Mr Lucas said.

    “Highly regarded by the legal profession he has led prosecutions for some of Queensland’s most high profiled criminal trials including against Dr Jayant Patel and former Minister Gordon Nuttall.

    “Known as a fearless prosecutor and tireless, Mr Martin has the qualities needed to head the CMC.”

    Mr Lucas said the appointment followed the resignation of former Chairperson, Mr Martin Moynihan AO QC, which became effective on 18 November 2011.

    “As required by the Crime and Misconduct Act, the Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee’s bipartisan support was sought for the appointment. The Committee unanimously felt Mr Martin was the right choice to lead CMC,” Mr Lucas said.

    “The CMC has a vital role in investigating and combating major crime and maintaining integrity and proper standards across the public sector.

    “Mr Martin has demonstrated personal integrity throughout his career and understands the importance placed on the CMC to maintain confidence in our public sector.”

    Mr Lucas also thanked former CMC chair Martin Moynihan for his years of service.

    “Mr Moynihan undertook his role as Chair with diligence and dedication, and has been at the helm for many milestones of the CMC,” he said.
    ”I thank him for his service and wish him and his family the best for the future.

    “I would also like to thank Warren Strange who has acted as Chairperson of the CMC over the last few months.”

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