The State’s Crime and Corruption Commission has received a whopping $7.4 million funding boost to bolster Queensland’s capability to tackle Corruption in local government, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced.
The Queensland premier said the four-year recurrent funding for the CCC would employ eight frontline police investigators and establish a covert human intelligence unit.
“My government is committed to restoring Queenslanders’ confidence in the local government sector,” the Premier said.
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“Like Queensland ratepayers and residents, we also want to see an end to the cloud that hovers over local government so local councils can get on with their job of serving their local communities.
“That’s why we are giving the CCC the resources it needs to bolster its investigations into local government in this state. That starts today with an immediate injection of $1.8M.
The Premier said over the past three years, the Commission’s investigation of public sector corruption has increased 57 per cent and over the past 12 months, we’ve also seen a rise in the number of complaints in the public (6%) and local government sectors (41%).