Statement from the Attorney-General regarding laptop investigation

Published Monday, 04 July, 2022 at 04:06 PM

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

The Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) has today released its report, Investigation Workshop: An investigation into allegations of disclosure of confidential information at the office of the Integrity Commissioner.

This investigation sets the record straight and Queenslanders deserve to know the truth about this matter.

 The Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) has found without any doubt there was no so called “raid”, no laptop “seized”, and nothing out of the ordinary wiped.

In fact, the report states the circumstances in which the laptops were retrieved from the Integrity Commissioner’s office were entirely ordinary, and the descriptions of ‘raid’ and ‘seizure’ do not reflect the reality of what occurred.

Further, the circumstances in which one laptop was ‘wiped’ are wholly unremarkable.

It also found the commentary that the LNP engaged in which suggested that laptops were ‘seized’ and ‘wiped’ as a result of a ‘raid’ on the Integrity Commissioner’s offices has been a mischaracterisation of what occurred.

David Crisafulli and the LNP don’t care about integrity, and they don’t care about the truth. The Leader of the Opposition must apologise for misleading Queenslanders.

In fact, the report notes that a failure to correct the confusion and misinformation around these events may continue to erode public confidence.

This comes on top of the Leader of the Opposition standing up on Tuesday saying that he would support a five-year term for the appointment of the new CCC Chair – a decision which was then blocked by the LNP members of the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee.

And, last Friday, the Premier called on David Crisafulli to commit to the same fundraising integrity measures we have and stop his members from participating in big business cash-for-access meetings. He has refused to do so.

This is another example of the LNP saying one thing and doing something completely different.

The LNP is more concerned about fearmongering than facts.

When David Crisafulli fronts the media tomorrow he must answer these questions:

  • Will he apologise for misleading Queenslanders over the laptop investigation?
  • Will he commit to not holding big money fundraisers?
  • Will he commit to supporting all of the recommendations of the Coaldrake Review considering the actions of his LNP colleagues?

The report can be found online.