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Jackie Trad cleared by crime watchdog but 'created corruption risk'

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Former deputy premier Jackie Trad has been cleared of any wrongdoing over the appointment of a school principal, but her interference in the process posed a “corruption risk”, according to the state’s corruption watchdog.

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Trad was investigated by the Crime and Corruption Commission over the selection process for the principal of a new high school in her electorate.

She denied any wrongdoing and a CCC report tabled in parliament found there was no evidence that Trad committed a criminal offence or that she was motivated by any dishonest or corrupt intent.

“Notwithstanding this, the nature of her involvement in DoE decision-making created a corruption risk,” the CCC report said.

The CCC found  Trad did not intend to influence decision-making in the way she did.

“The decision to involve the Deputy Premier in the recruitment process was ill-advised. The failure to keep records fell well below the standards expected of senior public servants.”

-AAP

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