Complaints process is the broken link for Council Corruption Cases.

MP Rob Pyne

Another Parliament sitting, another tabling of documents with damning evidence around local government corruption and the systemic failures of the complaints processes.’ Rob Pyne MP says.

In December the Deputy Premier spoke in Parliament and wrote to the Member for Cairns setting out the complaints pathway.  “I accept that advice because it is consistent with the advice we provide complaints.  What I am raising is that when people go through those correct pathways the complaints system fails.” said Mr Pyne.

‘The huge groundswell of contacts, emails, phone calls and documents arriving at our office convinces me that things aren’t quite what they seem. And that people are tired of having their voices ignored, and their situations made worse by inequitable decision making.’ Rob says.

‘With the volume and seriousness of the material we now have, it would be naïve of me to believe that they are all submitted incorrectly, and that not one has any issue to respond to in the public interest. It would be negligent if I were to pretend everything was going amazingly well in local government land.’ Rob says.

Mr Pyne explained the documents are again tabled in the Public Interest.  This documentation contains two very important elements. “Firstly, a snapshot of the material my office has received from people in response to being told to go through the proper process.  Some of their responses are shocking however they go to the heart of simply demonstrating the extraordinary lengths complainants have gone through in navigating the complaints processes as well as the financial and personal cost this situation is having in our communities.”

My Pyne further explained that contained in this tabling are two Public Interest Disclosures.  One demonstrates a Councillors experience in the complaints process and the other demonstrates a Council Staff member’s current experience in making an internal complaint through the proper way.  Find the documents here http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/tabled-papers/online-tabled-papers ref item 188.

‘If you don’t think things can quickly slip in public life, just check out the current saga in the NSW Auburn Council, where an independent body is currently reviewing decisions and overturning them due to flawed processes. It happens. It’s real. It’s time to step up and make Queensland corruption free.’ Rob urges.

‘So far we’ve tried every reasonable avenue to raise this issue followed by tabling documents in October, December, and now February. There will be more in March if we don’t get relevant and meaningful strategies happening to address this very important matter. We aren’t going away. We can’t. There’s too much at stake.’

It’s a simple fix.

  • Reinstate the independence and resources of the Crime and Corruption Commission to ensure complaints are dealt with,
  • backdate people’s ability to have their cases reviewed by this independent body,
  • do an inquiry into decisions made in local government, the complaints processes and the relevant legislative frameworks to find out exactly what has been going on and how to actually fix it.

Ends.

Media contact – Rob Pyne 0438 360 376     

Lyn O’Connor 0407 736 746 

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