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Crime watchdog

Allan Ardill

In November 2013 the government sacked the entire Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee (‘PCMC’) responsible for the Crime and Misconduct Commission (‘CMC’) only to re-appoint a government majority to a new oversight committee. This radical action was taken after documents were released by non-government members of the PCMC showing that acting CMC Chair Dr Ken Levy may have misled the PCMC when he denied he had discussions with the government before supporting the controversial bikie laws in a newspaper article. The wash-up has seen his conduct referred to the Parliamentary Ethics Committee but this investigation has been suspended pending a police investigation. In early May 2014 legislation (Crime and Misconduct and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014) was passed removing bipartisan support for appointment as Chair of the CMC and included a clause s 402(2) allowing the acting chairperson Dr Levy’s term to be extended until the end of October. The legislation also shifted the focus of the Commission away from the broader notion of ‘misconduct’ to ‘corruption.’ Hence the new title Crime and Corruption Commission a change also reflected in change to the Crime and Corruption Act 2001 replacing the former Crime and Misconduct Act 2001.

ALLAN ARDILL teaches law at Griffith Law School.

(2014) 39(3) AltLJ 198
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