State Government under scrutiny after number of staff complaints revealed
Posted On April 28, 2022
The Queensland Government is once again being scrutinised over integrity concerns after a public interest disclosures report revealed over 1700 complaints were made by government staff members over the last year.
In the last financial year, 1766 complaints concerning allegations of corruption or wrongdoing were made by public servants, triple the number of complaints made when Labor was elected in 2015.
Of these complaints, 821 were found to be partially or fully substantiated.
Ms Palaszczuk said the government was working on the way complaints were reported and addressed.
“Well I just think that now people know,” the premier said.
“We’ve actually sent out to the public servants as well ways in which they can actually raise issues so I think it’s a good thing.”
The interim integrity report found ministerial staff are motivated by a “self-imposed obligation to protect the minister”.
It also found senior public servants were “directing employees to sanitise advice and alter recommendations”.
The final findings of the four-month review are set to be handed down in June.
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Ms Palaszczuk said a royal commission will be held into integrity issues if Professor Coaldrake recommends it.
“I’m going to wait until I see the final report – if he made those recommendations, we will accept those recommendations,” she said.