The man who oversees Queensland’s corruption watchdog has been nominated to take over the crime-fighting organisation.
Paul Favell has been nominated to head Queensland’s corruption watchdog.
Premier Campbell Newman says Mr Favell has been put forward by cabinet to be the next chairman of the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC).
Mr Favell is the current commissioner of the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption commissioner.
In that role he acts as the CCC watchdog and approves its use of extraordinary powers during investigations.
But Mr Favell applied to take over the CCC, and the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee (PCCC) now has 14 days to approve his nomination.
“Well the nomination is Paul Favell, cabinet decided that yesterday, that is our nomination and we’re now consulting the committee,” Mr Newman told reporters on Tuesday.
Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk complained on Monday about being left in the dark about Mr Favell’s nomination.
But Mr Newman said the Labor members of PCCC had the power to approve or reject the nominee.
“We promised there would be a bipartisan approach to this appointment, and we would consult and that’s exactly what we’re doing,” he added.
Mr Favell was appointed as commissioner, with bipartisan support, by the Speaker during the previous Labor government in 2011.
He would replace current CCC chairman Dr Ken Levy, whose tenure has been clouded by near-constant opposition accusations of being partisan and calls for his sacking.
An investigation is still underway into whether Dr Levy misled a parliamentary committee over contact he had with the government before penning an opinion piece in support of contentious anti-bikie laws.
Dr Levy fronted his last public PCCC hearing on Monday, where he said restructuring the Crime and Misconduct Commission into the CCC had been a highlight of his time in charge.
But he added that some of his highlights had also been lowlights.