There’s extra motion on the prime of Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Fee.
Former NSW Ombudsman Bruce Barbour was on Friday appointed quick appearing fee boss, days after chairperson Alan MacSporran’s resignation.
“Mr Barbour’s appointment is for 3 months whereas the recruitment course of for a everlasting alternative is undertaken,” Lawyer-Common Shannon Fentiman stated.
Mr Barbour steps up after Mr MacSporran resigned on Tuesday, saying his relationship with the parliamentary watchdog had “damaged down irretrievably”.
He stepped down after a Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee report was launched in December referred to as for a royal fee into the CCC.
The PCCC discovered the corruption fee didn’t act “independently and impartially” in laying fraud costs in opposition to the previous Logan mayor and 7 councillors in 2019.
Its inquiry was launched in April after prosecutors dropped the costs as a consequence of a scarcity of proof.
Cupboard is contemplating a response to the PCCC report earlier than parliament returns subsequent month.
“Mr Barbour has in depth expertise in administrative regulation and conducting investigations, and held the highly-respected place of NSW Ombudsman for 15 years,” Ms Fentiman stated.
“He has the aptitude and expertise to steer the CCC within the interim and has a radical understanding of its operations since being appointed as an Odd Commissioner in 2021.”
Mr Barbour’s resume contains time as Queensland Integrity Commissioner, plus NSW Ombudsman, member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and NSW On line casino Management Authority.
The attorney-general stated the function of everlasting CCC chair will probably be marketed nationally and the state authorities will seek the advice of with the PCCC all through the recruitment course of.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed on Friday the CCC was probing a criticism made by the integrity commissioner in opposition to the Public Service Fee.
Integrity Commissioner Nikola Stepanov finishes her function in June after tendering her resignation final week.
Dr Stepanov complained of “interference” in her function, claiming that the PSC confiscated a laptop computer from her workplace and later deleted its contents “with out my information or consent” final yr.
State opposition and LNP chief David Crisafulli has written to Ms Palaszczuk asking for a royal fee into authorities integrity however the premier has rejected the request.