Queensland Labor MPs fail to show up for parliamentary crime and corruption rally over CCC’s Jackie Trad legal costs

Written by Javed Iqbal

Labor MPs abstained from attending a parliamentary committee meeting to vote on whether the costs of the corruption watchdog should be released in the Jackie Trad trial, in a move that the opposition has condemned as “extraordinary”.

The four Labor members sent their apologies ahead of the meeting of the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee (PCCC), but this meant that a quorum could not be reached and the meeting was adjourned.

The chairman of the PCCC, LNP MP Jon Krause, told reporters that it was “disappointing that members of the government have not found it appropriate to attend to integrity issues in Queensland”.

It comes after Labor members of the committee last month blocked an attempt to reveal the legal costs incurred by the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) in the lawsuit brought by former Deputy Prime Minister Jackie Trad to get a CCC report withheld from public disclosure.

The watchdog has given its parliamentary oversight committee details of its bills so far, but Labor committee members opposed releasing it because the case was ongoing.

Queensland Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Jackie Trad looks down during a media conference.
The committee previously blocked an offer to disclose the costs of the lawsuit brought by Jackie Trad to have a CCC report withheld from public disclosure.(AAP: Glenn Hunt)

That meeting was adjourned until today, and Mr Krause said he “would have consulted with other members of the committee on a new meeting date”.

“These are matters both on the public agenda but also the private meeting that was to be dealt with in committee, important matters, and it is disappointing that they have not been able to show today,” he said.

“It’s an extraordinary move.”

He said the CCC had not indicated that the information regarding the legal costs should be kept from the public.

“I am trying to improve the committee process, and to have information kept in the committee, which the CCC has clearly said must be made public in this case, can be considered an abuse of the process, an abuse of the government’s majority in the committees.

“What you just saw here is a symbol that the government controls all the committees in parliament.”

The committee consists of seven members – four Labor MPs and three LNP MPs, including the chairman.

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