So­phis­ti­cated foes leave CCC scratch­ing for funds

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS - JES­SICA MARSZALEK

QUEENS­LAND’S cor­rup­tion watch­dog is scram­bling for ways to fund the weaponry it needs to fight in­creas­ingly so­phis­ti­cated ad­ver­saries.

The Crime and Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (CCC) has posted a deficit for the first time since 2011-12, after spend­ing al­most $2 mil­lion more this year than in the pre­vi­ous year.

Chair­man Alan MacS­por- ran at­trib­uted the $22,000 deficit to in­ves­ti­ga­tions that evolved dur­ing a busy year in which coun­cils were probed, po­lice of­fi­cers charged and ice syn­di­cates smashed.

He said there was also a need for new in­vest­ment into dif­fer­ent in­ves­tiga­tive tech­niques as crim­i­nal or­gan­i­sa­tions and “cor­rupt ac­tors within the pub­lic ser­vice” grew more so­phis­ti­cated.

In­vest­ment is also needed to pro­tect the CCC’s com­puter sys­tem that stores highly sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion.

“This year’s deficit re­sult and the cur­rent low-in­ter­est en­vi­ron­ment has prompted a re­assess­ment of our fi­nan­cial and re­cur­rent bud­get op­er­at­ing po­si­tions,” Mr MacS­por­ran re­ported. “The de­vel­op­ment of strate­gies to ad­dress our fu­ture needs will be a key fo­cus for the next fi­nan­cial year.”

The re­sult is de­spite sub- stan­tial gov­ern­ment fund­ing injections to tackle child ex­ploita­tion, cover the en­ter­prise bar­gain­ing in­crease, re­place its com­put­ers and fund a new case man­age­ment sys­tem.

Staff train­ing costs in­creased to al­most $500,000, up from $350,000 two years ago.

The CCC charged 19 peo­ple with 105 pae­dophilia-re­lated crimes, laid 112 crim­i­nal charges and re­ceived more than 3000 cor­rup­tion com­plaints.

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