Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie.
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie. Tom Huntley

Top crime fighter to earn almost half a million each year

QUEENSLAND'S top crime fighter will earn almost half a million dollars per year, as the office of Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie recruits for the government's new Crime and Corruption Committee.

With a new format, the CCC will replace former crime and corruption watchdog, the Crime and Misconduct Commission.

Job ads posted by Mr Bleijie's office on the government's Smart Jobs website, call for a chairman, chief executive officer, part-time deputy chairman and two part-time "ordinary commissioners".

Once appointed, the CCC chairman will earn $420,225 per year, $1000 per month for office expenses and a vehicle allowance of $30,000.

They must also either work, or be qualified to work, as a judge on the Supreme Court, High Court or Federal Court.

Mr Bleijie said the new CCC would be "effective, relentless and independent", requiring a chairman who is "strong and unflinching with a forensic intellect".

The government's changes remain contentious, because unlike the CMC, the government does not need bipartisan support when appointing key figures.

Famed Queensland corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald QC has previously accused the government of inexperience and arrogance over its changes.

Mr Fitzgerald headed the inquiry into corruption that eventually toppled the Bjelke-Petersen government, exposed widespread police corruption and led to the creation of the CMC.

Mr Bleijie has previously said the new format would mean the chairman can focus on crime fighting while the new CEO role would focus on administration.

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk has vowed to reinstate bi-partisan support for the watchdog if Labor wins power.

She said the Newman government had used its "huge majority" in Parliament to change the rules so it can appoint who it wants to key roles.

"The chair, CEO and commissioners of the CCC can all be chosen by the LNP."

Those wanting a shot at the chairman position have until June 27 to apply.


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