Queensland mayors, councillors suspended under new anti-corruption laws

Four Queensland mayors and one councillor have been automatically suspended after new reforms were passed in State Parliament last week.

The new legislation means Councillors facing serious charges will automatically be stood down.

Logan Mayor Luke Smith, Ipswich Mayor Andrew Antoniolli, Doomadgee Mayor Edric Walden and Hope Vale Mayor Greg McLean were suspended by Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe on Monday.


Logan councillor Stacey McIntosh was also stood down.

“This action does not reflect on the outcome of the charges which will be dealt with by the courts,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“I have also written to all councillors to ask them to declare if their status is affected under the new provisions.”

Logan Mayor Luke Smith is facing charges of corruption and perjury, Ipswich Mayor Andrew Antoniolli has been charged with fraud, Doomadgee Mayor Edric Walden is accused of misconduct in public office and forgery, Hope Vale Mayor Greg McLean is facing a charge of fraud and Logan councillor Stacey McIntosh has been charged with stealing.

The Mayors and Councillor are suspended on full pay. They cannot appeal the suspensions.