QLD former Electoral Commissioner used drugs at work and caught in a sexual act

An investigation has found Queensland’s former electoral commissioner was drunk at work, used drugs and stored drugs at the office, was caught in a sexual act with an employee and bullied staff.

Walter van der Merwe quit his job in February after being suspended over seven allegations levelled against him.

Queensland Attorney General Yvette D’ath tabled a summary of the investigation at State Parliament today.


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They include Mr van der Merwe being caught in a sexual act with a temporary employee, failing to show up to work, being drunk at work and asking senior officials not to discipline employees he was friends with.

Ms D’ath told Parliament this was a difficult time for the Electoral Commission Queensland.

“Those circumstances are by no means a reflection of ECQ staff more broadly,” she said.

“As a public sector agency, it is crucial that the ECQ always retains the full confidence of the Queensland public and that it reflects the highest levels of ethics and integrity in the important work that it does.”

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