New Crime and Corruption Commission announced for QLD
QUEENSLAND has a new watchdog - the Crime and Corruption Commission.
Although it remains to see if it will pack a bite compared to similar organisations in other states across the nation.
The State Government controversially passed legislation earlier this year which essentially abolished the now-former Crime and Misconduct Commission in favour of the new commission.
The changes came into effect on Tuesday.
Acting Crime and Corruption Commission chairman Dr Ken Levy said on Tuesday the changes would see the agency investigate serious and organised crime as well as investigate corruption in the public sector.
He said the commission would operate the state's witness protection program and maintain oversight of the Queensland Police Service.
"The CCC will continue the vital work of protecting Queenslanders from serious and organised crime and where necessary investigate allegations of corrupt conduct in the public sector," he said.
"The CCC will do this with a renewed focus on the most serious and systemic corruption.
"A new definition of corrupt conduct comes into effect which raises the threshold of what falls within the CCC's jurisdiction."
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie, who was heavily critised for leading the charge in establishing the commission, defended the government decision.
"I think the transparency and accountability in the new CCC will take a lot of people by surprise," he said.
"We have let the light shine in."
Former 80s corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald has been highly critical of the changes claiming the new commission could be used a political weapon.