Date published: 27 January 2006

The Crime and Misconduct Commission views the leaking of confidential details contained in the closing submission of its investigation into the Gold Coast City Council as a very serious matter.

The CMC deplores the actions of the Courier-Mail newspaper in printing what the journalist acknowledged in today’s article was a confidential submission made by Counsel Assisting the Crime and Misconduct Commission.

The newspaper would have been aware that its obtaining of the information meant almost certainly that there had been a breach of the secrecy provisions of the Crime and Misconduct Act 2001.

One of the reasons for the CMC’s decision to make the closing submission available to relevant parties on a confidential basis was to ensure that all parties had time to respond and that these responses and the closing submission would be publicly released at the same time to allow for balanced reporting.

The Commission is considering its options.


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