Queens­land trans­port ‘keep left’ min­is­ter stood down over email con­cerns

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QUEENS­LAND TRANS­PORT min­is­ter Mark Bai­ley has had to re­lin­quish his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties over pri­vate email con­cerns.

The use of a pri­vate email server by the min­is­ter for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and min­is­ter for En­ergy and Water Sup­ply came to at­ten­tion of the Crime and Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (CCC) af­ter al­le­ga­tions he had “used his per­sonal email ac­count to en­gage in ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Elec­tri­cal Trades Union that would amount to cor­rupt con­duct”.

“In re­view­ing the emails, the CCC did not iden­tify any ev­i­dence to sup­port al­le­ga­tions Min­is­ter Bai­ley had used his per­sonal email ac­count to en­gage in ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Elec­tri­cal Trades Union that would amount to cor­rupt con­duct,” the CCC says.

But it did find that some emails may count as part of the pub­lic record and the treat­ment of them was an Of­fice of State Archives re­spon­si­bil­ity un­der the Pub­lic Records Act, which pro­hibits oth­ers de­stroy­ing them.

Queens­land Pre­mier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk says she met with Bai­ley and asked him to stand aside as min­is­ter pend­ing the out­come of the State Archivist in­ves­ti­ga­tion into his de­ac­ti­va­tion of his per­sonal email ac­count.

“The Crime and Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion has stated ‘as the only con­duct the CCC con­sid­ers raises a rea­son­able sus­pi­cion of cor­rupt con­duct re­lates to the treat­ment of pub­lic records, the CCC has re­ferred the mat­ter to the State Archivist for in­ves­ti­ga­tion’,” Palaszczuk says.

“Mr Bai­ley has as­sured me he will fully co­op­er­ate with the State Archivist’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Bai­ley an­nounced in May that trucks would be re­quired to keep to the two left lanes on the Pa­cific High­way from the M1/M3 merge at Eight Mile Plains to the Nerang-Broad­breach Road due to next year’s Com­mon­wealth Games. The re­stric­tions be­gan on Au­gust 1 con­tin­u­ing un­til April 4, 2018.

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