CMC boss ‘curries favour’ to keep position


The head of Queensland’s independent corruption watchdog has been accused of acting like the government’s puppet in a bid to be reappointed.


Crime and Misconduct Commission acting chairman Dr Ken Levy wrote an unsolicited opinion piece on Thursday backing the state government’s controversial anti-bikie laws.

Members of the Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee (PCMC), which oversees the CMC, told him on Friday morning he’d compromised his independence.

“The opposition no longer has any confidence in you continuing as acting chair and I believe that your position now is untenable,” Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk told him at a committee hearing.

Independent MP Peter Wellington said the CMC chairman had used his position “to effectively become a puppet for the government”.

“I no longer have confidence in Dr Levy’s independence heading the most powerful organisation in Queensland,” he told AAP.

“I believe it’s untenable for the government to extend his appointment and it should immediately call for expressions of interest for a new chair.”

Corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald and civil libertarians also accused Dr Levy of bias and undermining the CMC’s independence.

Dr Levy defended himself, saying he’d confined comments to issues within the bounds of the CMC, which was tasked with fighting crime, including criminal bikie gangs.

When asked whether he’d consulted anyone about the article, he said: “No, it’s my composition”.

Mr Wellington said it appeared Dr Levy’s opinion piece was “all about currying favour with the government”.

A call for nominations for a permanent CMC chair is due in about two weeks.

The government’s candidate must be approved by the PCMC, but that committee could be bypassed if the government simply extends Dr Levy’s tenure as acting chairman.

When asked on Friday if he would support Dr Levy’s nomination as permanent chairman, Premier Campbell Newman said: “Of course”.

Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed.