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