The CCC held a public forum on 6 and 7 October 2016 to discuss whether it is in the public interest to publicise allegations of corrupt conduct and, if it is not, what legislative or other options are available to prevent this.
Publicising allegations of corrupt conduct may adversely affect the ability of the CCC to perform its corruption function, damage the reputation of the person alleged to have engaged in corrupt conduct, and compromise the fair trial of persons charged with corruption. However, identifying a solution that ensures allegations of corrupt conduct are kept confidential must be balanced against the right to freedom of speech within current legal constraints and the need for open and accountable government.
The purpose of the public forum was to further explore the issues raised in submissions and possible solutions. The public forum panel consisted of:
- Mr Alan MacSporran QC, CCC Chairperson
- Mr Marshall Irwin, CCC Ordinary Commissioner
- Mr Richard Bingham, Queensland Integrity Commissioner
- Dr Rebecca Denning, CCC Director of Policy and Research.
The CCC released a discussion paper titled Making allegations of corrupt conduct public: Is it in the public interest? and invited public submissions. In total, 82 submissions were received.
In June 2016 the CCC published a discussion paper and called for public submissions. The invitation for submissions closed on 30 June 2016 but the CCC continued to accept submissions until 21 October 2016.
Submissions in response to discussion paper: Making allegations of corrupt conduct public: is it in the public interest?
The CCC received 82 submissions in response to the CCC’s discussion paper Making Allegations of corrupt conduct public: is it in the public interest (PDF).
Submissions can be accessed below unless otherwise indicated as:
- Confidential not for publication - This means the submitter did not consent to their submission being published on the CCC website.
- Under review - This means the submission is currently being considered by the CCC.
Published submissions including the name of the submitter are published unless indicated as:
- Name withheld - This means the submitter consented to their submission being published on the CCC website, without their name being disclosed.
Some submissions have been edited to remove material not considered appropriate for publication. This was done having regard to the criteria for handling submissions set out in the discussion paper.
All submissions, even those redacted for publication purposes, are being considered by the CCC.
- Submission 1 - Doug Young
- Submission 2 - Name withheld
- Submission 3 - Name withheld
- Submission 4 - Confidential not for publication
- Submission 5 - Ross Bradley
- Submission 6 - Charles Steff
- Submission 7 - Greg and Joan Darlington
- Submission 8 - William Tait
- Submission 9 - Confidential not for publication
- Submission 10 - Confidential not for publication
- Submission 11 - "Concerned Queensland Nanna"
- Submission 12 - "An angry fed up citizen with no convictions or charges"
- Submission 13 - Yoju Oshawa
- Submission 14 - Gregory Copley
- Submission 15 - Confidential not for publication
- Submission 16 - Name withheld
- Submission 17 - Confidential not for publication
- Submission 18 - Name withheld
- Submission 19 - Name withheld
- Submission 20 - Scenic Rim Regional Council
- Submission 21 - Queensland Law Society
- Submission 22 - Queensland Rail
- Submission 23 - Whistleblowers Action Group (Queensland)
- Submission 24 - Independent Commission Against Corruption, New South Wales
- Submission 25 - Gold Coast Bulletin
- Submission 26 - Confidential not for publication
- Submission 27 - Liberal National Party
- Submission 28 - Moreton Bay Regional Council
- Submission 29 - Craig Burgess
- Submission 30 - Sunshine Coast Council
- Submission 31 - The Brisbane Times
- Submission 32 - Banana Shire Council
- Submission 33 - Confidential not for publication
- Submission 34 - Local Government Association of Queensland
- Submission 35 - Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee
- Submission 36 - Office of the Information Commissioner
- Submission 37 - Kevin Lindeberg
- Submission 38 - Confidential not for publication
- Submission 39 - Cynthia Kardell
- Submission 40 - Queensland Council for Civil Liberties
- Submission 41 - Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Commissioner
- Submission 42 - Queensland Police Service
- Submission 43 - Department of Premier and Cabinet
- Submission 44 - Ipswich City Council
- Submission 45 - Professor Charles Sampford, The Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law
- Submission 46 - Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council
- Submission 47 - Name withheld
- Submission 48 - Joint Media Organisations
- Submission 49 - Name withheld
- Submission 50 - Robert Miller
- Submission 51 - Shane Doherty
- Submission 52 - Professor A J Brown
- Submission 53 - #teamLEX and Lex Wotton
- Submission 54 - Helen Underwood
- Submission 55 - Constance Andrews LLB
- Submission 56 - Queensland Police Union
- Submission 57 - Associate Professor Joseph Fernandez, Curtin University
- Submission 58 - Robert Pelnens
- Submission 59 - Nigel Powell
- Submission 60 - Mark Solomons
- Submission 61 - Karen Haddock
- Submission 62 - Greg Williams
- Submission 63 - Confidential not for publication
- Submission 64 - Name Withheld
- Submission 65 - Greg Diete and Stephen Langdon
- Submission 66 - Cook Shire Ratepayers and Residents Association
- Submission 67 - Dennis Fry
- Submission 68 - Confidential not for publication
- Submission 69 - Diane Bruhn
- Submission 70 - Name Withheld
- Submission 71 - Name Withheld
- Submission 72 - Name Withheld
- Submission 73 - Queensland Local Government Reform Alliance
- Submission 74 - James Speed
- Submission 75 - Confidential not for publication
- Submission 76 - Dave Barrowcliffe
- Submission 77 - Ipswich Ratepayers and Residents Association Inc
- Submission 78 - Name Withheld
- Submission 79 - Name Withheld
- Submission 80 - Gary Duffy
- Submission 81 - Confidential not for publication
- Submission 82 - Name Withheld