Sophisticated foes leave CCC scratching for funds
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.