CCC won't investigate Jeff Seeney over Royalties grants

THE Crime and Corruption Commission will not investigate former Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney over possible indiscretions while he ran the Royalties for Regions program.

Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt referred a Queensland Audit Office report into the program to the CCC to see if any corrupt conduct had occurred.

But the CCC on Thursday announced it had determined it would not investigate the matter.

The report found Mr Seeney had favoured LNP-held electorates including upgrading three airstrips in his own electorate of Callide.

But in a statement the CCC said they were restricted to investigating conduct that would be a criminal offence it proved.

The CCC determined it could not investigate Mr Seeney as the conduct in the QAO report would not constitute a criminal offence.

But the CCC said in a statement more transparent grants processes were needed.

"Although the Royalties for the Regions report does not disclose corrupt conduct, the CCC supports the QAO's recommendation that Queensland Treasury revise advice to grant decision-makers to require decision-makers to demonstrate clearly that grant decisions are equitable, transparent and represent value for money," the CCC stated.

"This includes recording the criteria on which their decisions were based and the reasons for the decisions, particularly when lower-ranked applications are approved over higher-ranked applications." - APN NEWSDESK



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