‘Not happy’: Premier responds to CCC findings

ANNASTACIA Palaszczuk says a damning report by the state's corruption watchdog was a "good wake up call" for how public servants should conduct themselves while claiming she wasn't happy about the findings.

"I'm not happy and frankly it is a very serious issue when you have public servants that have misled the Premier and the minister of the day," she said.

"That does not wash well in my book, I don't think it washes well with anyone and I do expect the public service to provide fearless and frank advice but accurate advice because I rely on that advice and the public relies on that advice."

The Crime and Corruption Commission yesterday cleared former deputy premier Jackie Trad over allegations she'd interfered in the recruitment process of the Inner City South State Secondary College principal.

But the seven-month investigation, which raised Fitzgerald-like concerns of a public service that was fearful of its political masters, uncovered how a recruitment process was driven "off the rails" by public servants who interfered, lied and then falsified student enrolment figures.

The Premier said she had spoken with her Director-General to discuss some of the cultural issues raised in the report.

Ms Palaszczuk also said the Public Service Commissioner would now look into disciplinary action of public servants caught up in the school saga.

But she did not want to speak about individuals, instead referring to a confidential report which the CCC has forwarded to the Public Service Commission.

Asked if the public service was scared of Ms Trad, the Premier said she didn't think so.

"I'm quite sure that everybody in my Cabinet will read the report," she said.

"I note what Mr MacSporran (CCC chairman Alan MacSporran) said yesterday as well and it's a good wake up call for everyone in the way in which they conduct themselves and that's both at a public service level and at a ministerial level."

Ms Palaszczuk said the public could trust the Education Department following revelations enrolment figures for the school had been manufactured.

"Yeah, you can trust the Education Department but unfortunately what it found is that some individuals falsified documents or falsified information," she said.

"That is not acceptable.

"The public relies on factual information, I rely on factual information and as I said it's not good enough."

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath is looking at a CCC recommendation to make it an offence to publicise corrupt conduct claims amid a state election.

Asked whether Ms Trad could rejoin Cabinet if Labor wins the October election, Ms Palaszczuk said she didn't deal in hypotheticals.

Meanwhile LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has called on the Premier to release the confidential report the corruption watchdog provided to the Public Service Commission, claiming "many more questions need to be answered".

"It (wasn't) a criminal offence but what Jackie Trad did was wrong, it was wrong on so many levels," she said.

Originally published as 'Not happy': Premier responds to CCC findings



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