The acting chair of Queensland’s corruption watchdog says Premier Campbell Newman didn’t consult him before announcing changes to the organisation.
The acting chair of Queensland’s corruption watchdog wasn’t told of major changes to how his successor is to be picked.
Premier Campbell Newman backflipped on Monday to restore the bipartisan appointment of the chair amid criticisms a government-selected head could open the position to bias.
Dr Ken Levy said the premier didn’t talk to him before the announcement.
“The answer categorically is no,” the acting chair said.
The opposition has again called on Dr Levy to be sacked or resign.
An investigation is underway into whether he misled a parliamentary committee over contact he had with the government before penning an opinion piece in support of contentious anti-bikie laws.
The probe hasn’t stopped the Newman government supporting Dr Levy, and in May it introduced legislation extending his employment until October.
Dr Levy and the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) staff met the parliamentary committee, which oversees it, on Tuesday for the first time since the organisation was overhauled on July 1.
It now only investigates major corruption, with ethics units in government departments charged with looking at minor complaints.
Anonymous complaints have also been banned under the recent reforms.
The changes in part were introduced to cull the number of complaints flowing into the organisation.
It received some 4000 complaints a year, with fewer than 100 being taken further.
The commission’s acting senior executive officer Paxton Booth said complaints have dramatically reduced since the reforms took effect.
It had considered 88 complaints about corruption since July 1, compared with 287 for the same period last year.
“Some caution needs to be extended to extrapolating those to figures that may occur for the rest of the year,” Mr Paxton told the committee.