Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart.
Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart. David Stuart

Stewart: Stupid to say there's no corruption within force

QUEENSLAND'S police chief says it would be stupid to suggest there was no corruption within his organisation.

Speaking on the 25th anniversary of Tony Fitzgerald's landmark corruption inquiry report, Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said the service had changed incredibly since those days - with more than 11,000 police officers compared to about 5000 then.

But he suggested it would be naive to believe corruption had been stamped out all together.

"I think I'd be stupid to say there isn't," he told 4BC on Thursday morning.

"We still have complaints made against police although I'm very grateful for the fact that complaints have been dropping for some time now.

"I think partly that's because of the professionalism of our organisation.

"But there'll always be those within the organisation, as with every profession, who just don't play by the rules."

Mr Stewart said the Queensland Police Service was far more accountable, noting technology had been a huge game changer.

"The records that electronic communication give us, the way we communicate with and engage with our community has changed dramatically since those times," he said.

"It's a whole different world."

Mr Fitzgerald - who has been highly critical of the Newman Government's anti-bikie laws and changes to the corruption watchdog -  has agreed to a private meeting with Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney.

Police commissioner Terry Lewis was jailed for corruption, along with several serving police officers, following Mr Fitzgerald's corruption inquiry report release on July 3, 1989.

Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen was charged with perjury for evidence he gave to the inquiry and four government ministers were jailed.

Queensland Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said she feared government ministers today could just as easily avoid proper scrutiny as they did during the Bjelke-Petersen.

She said raising political donation thresholds from $1000 to $12,400 and the LNP's "control" over Queensland's corruption watchdog and oversight committee meant they would not be as accountable for their actions.

"I don't want to see the conditions ripe in Queensland for corruption to flourish again," she said.

"Integrity and accountability should be forefront of our Queensland democracy.

"We don't want to see Queensland go back to the dark days of the past.

"I don't want to see a situation where the LNP have trashed the Fitzgerald legacy."

Independent MP Peter Wellington took to Facebook to raise his fears about the "potential for political corruption" because of the donation threshold change and the new Crime and Corruption Committee changes.

They have destroyed all trust and respect and the dye has been cast," he said.

Transport Minister Scott Emerson argued his government was the most open and accountable in Australia - pointing to minister diaries now being published.

He said Labor had changed the law to protect corrupt former Labor minister Gordon Nuttall who was jailed for his actions.

"I'm still waiting to hear and see the diary from the Leader of the Opposition when she was a minister - who did she meet with and why is she hiding them, why hasn't she released her diaries?" he questioned.

"They were supposed to be archived, they were supposed to be kept, why has she hidden them away?"


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