A parliamentary committee investigating the head of Qld’s corruption watchdog has suspended its work, pending the outcome of a police probe.
An investigation into whether the head of Queensland’s corruption watchdog misled a parliamentary committee has been suspended.
Parliament’s select ethics committee on Friday said it would wait until a police investigation into Dr Ken Levy was completed.
The committee was set up to consider whether Dr Levy misled another committee about what contact he had with the government before penning a newspaper article backing its controversial bikie laws.
Dr Levy has said the article was his idea, and no one from the government told him what to write.
But he’s faced questions after failing to disclose that he met with the government’s top media adviser Lee Anderson to discuss the article before it was published.
Dr Levy has denied any wrongdoing and remains the acting chair of the newly renamed Crime and Corruption Commission, formerly known as the Crime and Misconduct Commission.
The select ethics committee took over the Levy investigation after the government used its large majority to sack the entire Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee (BECAME) in November last year.
The government said it had no choice because the BECAME had shown bias against Dr Levy, and allowing its investigation to continue would not have been fair to him.
Queensland police are also investigating Dr Levy over the same matter after opposition MP Bill Byrne lodged a complaint.
It’s a criminal offence in Queensland to lie to parliament.
The select ethics committee wrote to Police Commissioner Ian Stewart in April seeking advice on whether the inquiries would interfere with each other.
Mr Stewart wrote back on Wednesday to advise that suspending the parliamentary inquiry while the police inquiry was concluded would avoid any suggestion of double jeopardy.
The commissioner also said the police investigation would be expedited.
The committee responded by suspending its inquiry on Friday.
In April, the chairman of the select ethics committee, government MP David Gibson, quit the post after a political rival published details about legal charges he faced in 1999.
Mr Gibson admitted he’d made “mistakes” in the past but no conviction was recorded against him.
He initially said he would not quit as committee chairman but later did just that, saying the focus on his past could impede its work.
He’s since said he’s having a nervous breakdown and won’t contest next year’s election.