Hunt for anti-corruption chief continues amid Qld integrity rethink
Acting Crime and Corruption Commission chair Bruce Barbour has been given more time in the role as the Palaszczuk government grapples with various integrity and accountability reviews.
Mr Barbour’s temporary role was due to expire on Thursday, but Brisbane Times has learnt the government has given him a one-month extension.
While the CCC will have been without a chair for four months, Barbour is well regarded as a CCC commissioner and former NSW Ombudsman. He told a parliamentary committee hearing in February the CCC had unfinished business with the government.
The government has yet to announce who will replace former chairman Alan MacSporran QC, who quit in January and blamed the media and CCC critics for undermining his authority.
Mr MacSporran claimed the CCC was “healthy”; however, ongoing criticism of the agency prompted the government to announce long-time corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald QC would head a targeted inquiry.
Fitzgerald’s inquiry has $5.4 million in funding and has already engaged two barristers – Gim De Villar QC and Angus Scott – as counsel assisting, supported by a 14-person secretariat. It is due to report in August.
More than 80 submissions have been made to the inquiry, including those sought from stakeholders such as integrity agencies, policing services, directors of public prosecutions, academics, unions, peak bodies and local governments. They are confidential but may yet be released.
Meanwhile, the MPs who oversee the CCC, through the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee, will meet with Barbour and others next week.