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Taskforce Flaxton – an examination of corruption risks in corrective services facilities

The Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC)'s Taskforce Flaxton was established to examine corruption and corruption risks in Queensland corrective services facilities.

Taskforce Flaxton examined possible systemic issues with a view to raising standards of integrity relevant to detecting, managing and preventing corruption risks associated with Queensland corrective services facilities.

Taskforce Flaxton focused on adult prisons and work camps in Queensland, including the two privately run facilities at Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre and Southern Queensland Correctional Centre. The CCC did not examine corruption risks in community-based corrections (e.g. probation and parole) or youth detention.

Between May and November the CCC held 16 days of public hearings to examine:

  • Corruption and risks of corruption in Queensland corrective services facilities (including 14 prisons (two managed under private contracts) and work camps).
  • Features of the legislative, policy and operational environment that may enable corrupt conduct to occur or are vulnerable to corrupt conduct.
  • Reforms to better prevent, detect and deal with corrupt conduct within Queensland corrective services facilities.


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CCC's Full report: PDF version

Overview of Taskforce Flaxton: PDF version

CCC - Media release - Tabling of the report  in Parliament in December 2018.


5 July 2019 - Government Response

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    Terms of Reference
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    Practice guidelines
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    Presiding Officer

    CCC Chairperson, Alan MacSporran QC

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    Counsel Assisting

    Glen Rice QC

    file icon Call for public submissions

    During March 2018, the CCC invited stakeholders and members of the public to contribute to the examination of corruption and corruption risks in Queensland Corrective Services facilities.

    • The CCC has received 33 submissions. All public submissions have been redacted to remove material considered inappropriate for publication. This was done having regard to the criteria for handling submissions set out in the Issues Paper and invitation for public submissions.
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    Witness List

    The order of witnesses is indicative and may change. The schedule will continue to be updated.

    Monday 14 May 2018

    • Dr Peter Martin APM, Queensland Corrective Services

    Tuesday 15 May 2018

    • Samay Zhouand, Queensland Corrective Services
    • Phil Clarke, Queensland Ombudsman
    • Kate Greenwood, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service

    Wednesday 16 May 2018

    • Peter Lyons, Prisoners’ Legal Service
    • Debbie Kilroy, Sisters Inside
    • Damien Davie, United Voice
    • Michael Thomas, Together Queensland

    Thursday 17 May 2018

    • Chief Superintendent Glenn Horton, Queensland Police Service

    Friday 18 May 2018

    • John Forster, Queensland Corrective Services
    • Robyn Gregory, Queensland Corrective Services

    Monday 21 May 2018

    • Keith Ketheeswaran, GEO Group
    • Elaine Pearson, Human Rights Watch
    • Anthony Voss, Serco

    Tuesday 22 May 2018

    • Samay Zhouand, Queensland Corrective Services
    • Alan Butler, Queensland Corrective Services

    Wednesday 23 May 2018

    • Peter Shaddock, Queensland Corrective Services

    Thursday 24 May 2018

    • Troy Ittensohn, GEO Group
    • Tamara Bambrick, Queensland Corrective Services

    Friday 25 May 2018

    • Bruce Welk, Queensland Corrective Services
    • Mark Walters, Serco
    • Paula May, Queensland Corrective Services

    Monday 28 May 2018

    • Bernie Kruhse, Queensland Corrective Services
    • Scott Collins, Queensland Corrective Services
    • Peter Hall, Queensland Corrective Services

    Tuesday 29 May 2018

    • Darryll Fleming, Queensland Corrective Services
    • Peter Henderson, Queensland Corrective Services
    • Alan Ingram, Queensland Corrective Services

    Wednesday 30 May 2018

    • Dr John Wakefield, Queensland Health
    • Michael MacFarlane, Queensland Corrective Services
    • Stephen Simmons, Queensland Corrective Services

    Tuesday 28 August 2018

    • Professor Mark Halsey, Flinders University
    • Andrew Ballantyne, Director, Ethical Standards Unit, Queensland Corrective Services

    Wednesday 29 August 2018

    • Dr Peter Martin APM, Commissioner, Queensland Corrective Services

    Monday 19 November 2018

    • Dr John Wakefield, Queensland Health
    • Candice Welsch, United Nations
    • Philipp Meissner, United Nations
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    Exhibits will be made available after the conclusion of each day.

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    Transcripts will be made available after the conclusion of each day.

    electronic-media-icon.png Video and audio from the hearing

    View an archive of the hearing live-stream from Monday 14 May to Wednesday 29 August 2018 is available at:

    Audio and video from Monday 19 November 2018

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        Information for the Media

        Media rules for Taskforce Flaxton public hearing

        Members of the media are welcome to attend the public hearing. Media are requested to observe the Media Rules for Taskforce Flaxton.

        Media releases

          Last updated: 08 July 2019

          Lodge a complaint

          If you wish to lodge a complaint or provide information about an allegation of corrupt conduct in Queensland corrective services facilities, please lodge your complaint here.


          All correspondence to:

          Taskforce Flaxton
          GPO Box 3123, Brisbane QLD 4001

          or email:
          [email protected]

          Media contact

          Email: [email protected]
          Phone: 07 3360 6000

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