Jarrod Bleijie
Jarrod Bleijie

CMC changes to pass final hurdle this week

CONTROVERSIAL changes to Queensland's crime and corruption watchdog are expected to be passed in Parliament today or tomorrow. 

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said members would debate the changes for the final time in Queensland Parliament this week before the watchdog becomes the Crime and Corruption Commission.

With such a strong majority, there is little doubt the LNP will successfully pass the legislative changes it seeks.

The Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee recommended most of the changes the Newman government sought.

The committee suggested the parliamentary committee for the watchdog veto any new appointments after a plan to remove bipartisan support for such positions received vast opposition amid fears of losing it independence.

Further flagged changes include employing a CEO, requiring statutory declarations from anyone making a complaint as well as changing the focus from examining the misconduct of public servants to that of organised crime.

Mr Bleijie said the Callinan-Aroney review indicated "serious flaws in the CMC".

"It wasn't the body that was established after the Fitzgerald Inquiry, it needed structural reform," he said.

"With the reforms we've introduced, and will debate in the parliament shortly, I think it will stand and its functions will be better than any other crime-fighting and corruption bodies in Australia."


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