The CCC held a public forum on 6 and 7 October 2016 to discuss whether it is in the public interest to publicise allegations of corrupt conduct and, if it is not, what legislative or other options are available to prevent this.

Publicising allegations of corrupt conduct may adversely affect the ability of the CCC to perform its corruption function, damage the reputation of the person alleged to have engaged in corrupt conduct, and compromise the fair trial of persons charged with corruption. However, identifying a solution that ensures allegations of corrupt conduct are kept confidential must be balanced against the right to freedom of speech within current legal constraints and the need for open and accountable government.

The purpose of the public forum was to further explore the issues raised in submissions and possible solutions. The public forum panel consisted of:                                                                 

  • Mr Alan MacSporran QC, CCC Chairperson 
  • Mr Marshall Irwin, CCC Ordinary Commissioner 
  • Mr Richard Bingham, Queensland Integrity Commissioner 
  • Dr Rebecca Denning, CCC Director of Policy and Research.  

The CCC released a discussion paper titled Making allegations of corrupt conduct public: Is it in  the public interest? and invited public submissions. In total, 82 submissions were received.  

Report
Publicising allegations of corrupt conduct report
Research report
Publicising allegations of corrupt conduct may adversely affect the ability of the CCC to perform its corruption function, damage the

In June 2016 the CCC published a discussion paper and called for public submissions. The invitation for submissions closed on 30 June 2016 but the CCC continued to accept submissions until 21 October 2016.

Submissions in response to discussion paper: Making allegations of corrupt conduct public: is it in the public interest?

The CCC received 82 submissions in response to the CCC’s discussion paper Making Allegations of corrupt conduct public: is it in the public interest (PDF).

Submissions can be accessed below unless otherwise indicated as:

  • Confidential not for publication - This means the submitter did not consent to their submission being published on the CCC website.
  • Under review - This means the submission is currently being considered by the CCC.

Published submissions including the name of the submitter are published unless indicated as:

  • Name withheld - This means the submitter consented to their submission being published on the CCC website, without their name being disclosed.

Some submissions have been edited to remove material not considered appropriate for publication. This was done having regard to the criteria for handling submissions set out in the discussion paper.

All submissions, even those redacted for publication purposes, are being considered by the CCC.

The Submissions

News
News and Media
The Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) has determined it will examine whether it is in the public interest for allegations
News and Media
The CCC has recommended the government consider making it an offence for any person to publicise allegations of corrupt conduct
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