TWO Queensland Mayors facing fraud and corruption offences are set to be suspended after new reforms were passed in State Parliament on Thursday.
It’s understood the new legislation means Councillors charged with integrity or corruption offences will automatically be stood down.
Logan Mayor Luke Smith and Ipswich Mayor Andrew Antoniolli are among five councillors who will soon be suspended.
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Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the reforms would make Mayors, Councillors and Councils more accountable to their communities.
“Queenslanders expect and deserve good Government – government that’s transparent and accountable,” he said.
“There are currently a number of Mayors, Councillors and Council officers in Queensland facing dozens of criminal charges between them.
“The Crime and Corruption Commission has warned there are more charges on the way.”
Mr Hinchcliffe said the reforms are not designed to catch those who make genuine mistakes, but to deal with the “tiny minority not living up to community expectations.”
The reforms were in response to the CCC’s Operation Belcarra, which found widespread non-compliance with legislative obligations relating to local government elections and political donations.