Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad has announced she is standing aside from her ministerial duties.
It comes after the Crime and Corruption Commission yesterday informed her that they would be launching an investigation into the recruitment and selection process for the principal of the new Inner City South State Secondary College.
Ms Trad confirmed at a press conference a short time ago that she will fully cooperate with the investigation.
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“It will provide me with an opportunity to set the record straight on this matter,” she said.
“Let me be clear, no applicant to the principal position was known to me in any capacity, personal, political or professional.
“Further, I have never expressed a view to anyone on who should fill that role.”
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was informed of the latest developments overnight and says she will be taking on Ms Trad’s Ministerial duties for the time being.
“Last night the Deputy Premier advised me of her decision to stand aside while this investigation proceeds,” Ms Palaszczuk said in a statement.
“I accept that her decision is the correct course of action.
“I will be assuming her Ministerial duties until further notice.”
Ms Trad said she still intends to run for her seat of South Brisbane at the October state election.
“I fully intend on running for the seat of South Brisbane and ensuring strong, progressive leadership for our community,” Ms Trad said.
The Crime and Corruption Commission also released a statement on Saturday afternoon confirming the investigation.
“The CCC has determined it is in the public interest to confirm it is investigating allegations of corrupt conduct relating to a recruitment process for the principal of the Inner City South State Secondary College,” the statement said.
“It is important to note all allegations should be treated as unsubstantiated until a final outcome is reached.”
“Considering the investigation remains ongoing, it is not appropriate for the CCC to comment further on this matter.”