Appointments and resignations
With the resignation of Chief Justice Carmody on 1 July, after serving less than a year, the controversy surrounding his office is likely to end. Justice Carmody will continue his standing as a judge of the Supreme Court to serve as a judicial member of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath has promised to consult ‘widely’ before naming a permanent replacement. She will also appoint a mediator to consult with Supreme Court judges to repair the damage around this controversy.
Even though the Parliamentary Committee for the Crime and Corruption Commission is unable to agree on its own chairperson, it has managed to appoint a new CCC Chair of Commissioners, Alan MacSporran QC. MacSporran is a former crown prosecutor in the Queensland office of the federal Director of Public Prosecutions and respected barrister having assisted with several inquiries, such as the inquest into the Childers backpacker fire (2006), the equine influenza inquiry (2007-2009) and the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry (2011-2012). The appointment of the remaining commissioners and the CEO will follow MacSporran’s commencement on 1 September 2015.
- Category: DUAO - 2015 - Vol 40(3)