Watchdog Clears Jackie Trad of Corruption, but Warns of Worrying and Disappointing Practices

Queenslands Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) has found the states deputy premier did not interfere in the recruitment process of a new college in Brisbane, an allegation that forced the leader to step down from her role in early May. The CCC did however find the actions of department officials created a “corruption risk.”

The CCC began its investigation into former Deputy Premier Jackie Trad on Dec. 19, 2019, over allegations she interfered in the Department of Educations recruitment of a principal for the newly built Inner City South State Secondary College in Brisbane.

Trad stepped down from her role as deputy premier on May 8 as the investigation was ongoing.

The controversy centred around the selection of a new principal for the college. A candidate was chosen by a selection panel. Afterward a meeting was arranged with Trad. Later the position was opened again and the selection process for a new principal began.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain and Deputy Premier of Queensland Jackie Trad at Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane, Australia on Jan. 2, 2017. (Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

The CCC submitted its report to Queenslands Parliament on July 2, finding the deputy premier committed no criminal office and that she was not “motivated by any dishonest or corrupt intent.”

The CCC found the Department of Education and deputy director-general had organised the meeting between Trad and the candidate. This approach was deemed to create a “corruption risk.”

According to the commissions Chairperson Alan MacSporran Q.C.: “Department officers thought it was a good idea or were aware of the idea to test a candidate during a meeting with the former deputy premier, even though the selection panel had made a decision.”

“The former deputy premier did not instigate that meeting and was not a member of the selection panel, nor was a meeting part of the original recruitment process, so in the CCCs view the meeting to test the candidate was entirely inappropriate,” he added.

The CCC found after the meeting, that a series of text messages were exchanged between a panel member and the deputy director-general which agreed the meeting did not go well.

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