With police investigating Queensland’s acting anti-corruption boss, the state government is calling for applications for a permanent chairman to take over.
The days of Queensland’s acting anti-corruption boss could be numbered.
The state government is amending laws to require the permanent chairman of the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) to have bipartisan support.
But the acting CCC chairman Dr Ken Levy, whose term runs out in October, doesn’t have it, with the opposition constantly calling for his head.
The government is also calling for applications for a permanent CCC chairman.
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie says Dr Levy is welcome to apply, but he won’t rule out moving him on if the right person is found, even if that that’s before Dr Levy’s term expires in October.
“If there’s some standout candidates that apply for the job … then we’ll put those, as soon as we can, to the PCCC, to get that bipartisan support,” Mr Bleijie told reporters on Tuesday, referring to the parliamentary committee that oversees the watchdog.
“We want the issue sorted out.”
Meanwhile police continue to investigate whether Dr Levy lied to a parliamentary committee, which is a criminal offence.
Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said the investigation was progressing, but he couldn’t give an end date.
“All I can say is that it’s progressing as quickly as possible. There’s been a significant number of interviews already completed,” he said.
Earlier this year, parliament’s select ethics committee suspended its investigation into whether Dr Levy had misled another parliamentary committee about what contact he’d with the government before penning a newspaper article backing its controversial bikie laws.
The ethics committee probe was suspended after it was revealed police were also investigating the matter.
It’s an offence under Section 57 of Queensland’s criminal code to knowingly lie to parliament or a parliamentary committee. The offence carries a maximum jail term of seven years.