CMC chair Ross Martin
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CMC head steps down and reveals he has cystic fibrosis

THE head of Queensland's powerful Crime and Misconduct Commission has stepped down due to ill-health, revealing for the first time he was grappling cystic fibrosis.

CMC chair Ross Martin QC told reporters on Friday evening he would not return to the role, after spending the past 10 days to Thursday in hospital.

He expected to be transferred to Prince Charles Hospital to await a lung transplant.

The late-afternoon media conference followed a ferocious attack on Mr Martin's credibility overnight as Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie lashed the CMC for unwittingly publishing classified documents from the Fitzgerald anti-corruption inquiry of the 1980s.

A new suite of legislation had to be put in place to criminalise the publishing of the released dossiers to ensure whistleblowers were not put in harm's way.

Before Parliament wound up at 3.30am on Friday and as Mr Bleijie prepared to have the law supported by all sides, Mr Martin was put in the firing line.

"Certainly there is a responsibility there in the CMC chair and he should accept fully responsibility for this unacceptable oversight, no-one else," Mr Bleijie told Parliament.

"We know that there are these certain consequences that flow from having that responsibility.

"If the chairman accepts that responsibility, then he should also accept the consequences that would ordinarily follow."

But Mr King told reporters part-time CMC Commissioners did not consider the issues enough to prompt him to resign, so he would take leave.

"In this highly unusual, and likely never to be repeated, collection of circumstances, but of course for health reasons, I have decided to take leave to progress as quickly as possible the process of ill-health retirement," Mr Martin said.

"I no longer have the resources of health to continue to perform the job with the vigour that is necessary, and as soon as I became conscious of that, I have decided to leave.

"I will not be coming back. I wish my successor and the CMC generally the very best in its vital work."

Mr Martin thanked his staff for their support and his family for their love and patience.

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