Queensland taxpayers have forked out about $75,000 to fund the state’s corruption watchdog’s legal bill fighting court action brought by former premier deputy Jackie Trad.
- It is not known whether the report makes any findings against Jackie Trad
- The CCC’s legal costs were revealed after a private meeting of the PCCC
- Taxpayers are also funding some or all of Ms Trad’s legal costs – these remain unknown
The Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) has incurred the costs as a result of legal action launched by Ms Trad in the Supreme Court to have a CCC report suppressed from being publicly released.
It is not known whether the report makes any findings against Ms Trad.
The document from the CCC released today shows the total expenditure on external legal fees from May 2021 to May 5 this year is $74,137.01.
About $42,006.25 has been incurred for junior counsel and $32,130.76 for senior counsel.
Another $1,468.50 of internal costs have also been spent on transcript of the court appearances and proceedings.
It states the CCC briefed senior counsel Peter Dunning QC and junior counsel Matthew Wilkinson to represent it in relation to the judicial review brought by the applicant on May 24, 2021.
The CCC’s legal costs were revealed after a private meeting of the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee (PCCC) this afternoon.
The decision to release the costs was due to be made in a meeting on Thursday but was delayed after four Labor MPs failed to attend.
Their lack of attendance meant the meeting lacked quorum and could not proceed.
The chair of the PCCC, LNP member Jon Krause, told reporters on Thursday it was “disappointing the government members haven’t seen fit to show up to integrity matters in Queensland”.
Labor MPs also blocked attempts to reveal the CCC’s legal costs in May because the matter was ongoing.
Taxpayers are also funding some or all of Ms Trad’s legal costs – these remain unknown.
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