Date published: 14 June 2019

The Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) has completed its assessment of a complaint from the Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Trade relating to the Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships.

The complaint alleged the Deputy Premier engaged in extortion, an offence defined in section 415 of the Queensland Criminal Code, by demanding mining companies contribute to a Resources Community Infrastructure Fund or face the potential of mining royalties being increased.

The CCC’s jurisdiction in relation to corrupt conduct is defined in section 15 of the Crime and Corruption Act 2001.

The CCC assessed whether the conduct of the Deputy Premier would amount to corrupt conduct, including whether the conduct would, if proved, be a criminal offence.

The CCC determined the conduct does not raise a reasonable suspicion of corrupt conduct and would not, even if the conduct was proved, satisfy the elements of a criminal offence including the offence of extortion.

The CCC will therefore not investigate this matter.

The CCC is an independent agency combating major crime and reducing corruption for the benefit of the Queensland community.


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