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Barbour confirmed as new CCC boss

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In a week of heat for the Palaszczuk Government over alleged integrity failings, Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman has appointed a new boss to the state’s peak anti-corruption agency with a vow to “stamp out corruption”.

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A week of dissecting the murky entrails of the Palaszczuk political system at work has ended with the elevation of Bruce Barbour to the permanent role as chair of the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC).

Barbour has been acting in the role since January and cements his tenure following a “thorough interview process” by an independent selection panel, according to Fentiman.

“The chair of the CCC is one of the most important jobs in Queensland,” she said.

“It is Queensland’s peak anti-corruption agency, and I have the utmost confidence that Mr Barbour will lead the organisation with distinction.”

Barbour’s appointment comes amid pressure on the government to act on the recommendations to strengthen public accountability and governance contained in the Coaldrake integrity report delivered on Tuesday.

Barbour’s promotion in a tumultuous week came with an assurance from Fentiman that Queensland will have “a robust integrity system that serves the people of this State”.

“Mr Barbour also has a comprehensive understanding of the CCC having being appointed as an Ordinary Commissioner in 2021, with the bi-partisan support of the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee (PCCC),” Fentiman said.

“In addition to being the NSW ombudsman for 15 years, Mr Barbour has been a senior member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, a member of the NSW Casino Control Authority, chair of the NSW Public Interest Disclosures Steering Committee, a member of the NSW Institute of Criminology Advisory Committee, regional vice-president of the International Ombudsman Institute and convenor of the NSW Child Death Review team.”

Barbour’s three-year term starts from July 2.

 

 

 

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