The Crime and Misconduct Commission (The CMC) serves a vital role in Queensland. It is the independent body charged with investigating crime and official misconduct.
The Parliamentary Crime & Misconduct Committee (PCMC) has recently asked questions regarding the independence of the CMC chair, Dr Ken Levy after he penned an article in support of certain new laws and told the committee he had not spoken to anybody from the government before writing this article.
It was subsequently revealed that Dr Ken Levy had spoken to senior government advisors about the article, in contrast to his previous testimony to the committee.
The Committee then questioned the comments of the Chair of the CMC and questioned whether he had mislead a parliamentary committee. Late last night, on the final parliamentary sitting day of the year, The LNP government's response to this was to sack the entire committee which asked these questions.
It is long standing practice for the PCMC to have a non-government majority.
This includes Independent MP Liz Cunningham (Gladstone), a long time independent in the Queensland Parliament, a voice who has always been prepared to ask the tough questions of all sides of politics. She is no 'Labor stooge', having supported the LNP minority government from 1996-1998.
But now, the government has removed Liz Cunningham from her role and removed the bipartisan nature of this commitee by appointing a new LNP majority.
More and more Queenslanders are asking how many more power grabs will this LNP government give itself? How far will they go to trash the legacy and the lessons of the Fitzgerald Inquiry?
Once again the government has gone to its only response when questioned, to 'shut it down' and attempt to avoid scrutiny.