Queensland’s crime and corruption watchdog chief says he’ll stay in the job, despite the fallout from the sacking of a committee investigating him.
The head of Queensland’s crime and corruption watchdog says he’ll continue in the role despite calls for him to quit.
Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) acting chairman Dr Ken Levy announced his intention to remain in the job less than 24 hours after an entire parliamentary committee investigating him got sacked.
A defiant Dr Levy told reporters: “As I said in my statement to parliament yesterday I believe I have acted honestly in all my duties as acting chairman.
“I have not and will not, in discharging my responsibilities, be swayed by the views of the government of the day or indeed by political considerations more generally.”
LNP members and non-government MPs are accusing each other of playing politics over the saga involving Dr Levy.
The government used its massive majority to dump the Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee (PCMC) investigating Dr Levy, accusing it of bias against the crime watchdog chief who praised the LNP’s anti-bikie laws in a newspaper opinion piece.
Earlier this week, the committee decided to release evidence that undermined what Dr Levy had previously said about his level of contact with the government before he wrote the article.
It revealed the head of the government’s media unit, Lee Anderson, met with Dr Levy before he wrote the piece, contradicting the level of contact previously disclosed by the CMC chief.
But Dr Levy says he didn’t discuss the article with Mr Anderson before it was published in The Courier Mail.
“It was an administrative matter that I had some discussions about, that is all,” he told reporters.
Dr Levy criticised the comments that members of the PCMC made about him at a meeting before they were sacked.
He said their questioning was not completely objective and had focused on certain aspects “quite excessively”.
He also defended writing the piece, saying he had no regrets.
“My opinion piece, if you read it closely, is all about the fact that the 99 per cent of people who are not politicians or lawyers or judges were not included in all that debate that was going on at the time,” he said.
However Dr Levy conceded the CMC’s reputation may have been tarnished by the fallout over his impartiality.
Dr Levy says while he will get on with his job as acting chairman, he has no plans to become the permanent chief when his second six-month tenure ends.
“I originally was only going to be here for six months, that was my intention,” he said.
His decision to leave had only been delayed because of processes associated with the government’s anti-bikie laws, he said.