The Qld attorney-general says the DPP has advised against prosecuting Goss cabinet ministers who ordered child abuse inquiry documents be shredded.
No charges will be laid against former Goss government ministers over the shredding of child abuse inquiry documents in Queensland more than two decades ago.
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie says he has been advised by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) there are no reasonable prospects of success.
The DPP also determined it would not be in the overall public interest to pursue a prosecution over the shredding of the inquiry documents, he said.
Mr Bleijie said he would not be taking the matter further.
A recent inquiry into the state’s child protection system had recommended the move.
In 1989 retired magistrate Noel Heiner headed an inquiry into allegations of child sex abuse at an Ipswich youth detention centre.
In 1990 the Goss cabinet ordered the documents and tapes of Mr Heiner’s investigation be destroyed after receiving legal advice they were potentially defamatory because the inquiry was not properly set up.
Some, including former union official Kevin Lindeberg, claim a cover-up of the child sex abuse allegations.
There have been 11 inquiries into the “Heiner affair”, the most recent during the wider probe of Queensland’s child protection system.
Inquiry commissioner Tim Carmody concluded there was no evidence of a cover-up but each member of the Goss cabinet was at risk of a criminal conviction in making the decision to destroy the documents.
Former premier Wayne Goss and former treasurer Terry Mackenroth, who was police minister in 1990, were among those who could potentially have been implicated.