Whistleblower goes to CMC over rookie MP

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Whistleblower goes to CMC over rookie MP

AAPMarch 20, 2013, 8:33 am

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A whistleblower has has gone to Queensland’s corruption watchdog with serious claims about the conduct of rookie MP Scott Driscoll.

The whistleblower is from the taxpayer-funded Regional Community Association Moreton Bay (RCAMB), The Courier-Mail reports.

The newspaper has previously alleged Mr Driscoll had direct control over RCAMB, while tens of thousands of dollars in consultancy fees were paid to his wife’s company Norsefire.

The paper said the whistleblower went to the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) on Tuesday, with thousands of documents alleging the LNP MP has serious questions to answer.

In parliament on Tuesday, Mr Driscoll defended himself against a raft of recent allegations including claims of sexual harassment, financial mismanagement and improper business dealings.

He said he’d done nothing wrong other than failing to declare that his wife received more than $500 in income from a private company she runs, an error he would rectify.

Premier Campbell Newman is standing by his first-term MP, saying there’s nothing to suggest he’s unfit for public office.

The CMC on Tuesday confirmed it had received a referral from the Department of Communities in November last year, alleging official misconduct against Mr Driscoll.

The CMC said it found the matter did not involve official misconduct and therefore fell outside its jurisdiction.
But the watchdog said it was assessing all new relevant information on the matter to decide whether or not it needs to take any further action.

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