Premier questioned over PCCC concerns

SUNSHINE Coast MP Peter Wellington has questioned how Queensland Premier Campbell Newman came to know about the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee's internal workings.

After the committee rejected barrister Paul Favell's nomination as the Crime and Corruption Commission head, Mr Newman questioned why Mr Favell was not picked.

Mr Newman said he was concerned Mr Favell was rejected for political reasons.

"The nominee is a person of impeccable character and professional standing and at this stage, the committee and I will put it like that, the committee, in my view, has failed to provide an explanation of why it should not be approved," he said.

Nicklin MP Mr Wellington said the committee was independent and Mr Newman shouldn't know about what happened.

"I know the deliberations our committee had, I can not speak on the committee's deliberations publicly, I know the matters which were discussed, and I would have thought that instead of this public slanging match the premier is embarking on, with this committee, he could have acted more responsibly," he said.

"The premier has no excuse for the public comments he has made in relation to the appointment of the person to lead our peak corruption and crime fighting body in Queensland."

- APN NEWSDESK


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