Quick vids: The sacking of the PCMC and the scent of corruption – #qldvotes #qldpol @Qldaah

#qldvotes election coverage.The Sacking Of The PCMC

Last century, former Queensland Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen used an electoral system called the gerrymander which manipulated the numbers of constituents in electorates in favour of his government. This helped to keep him in power for more than two decades. Gerrymandering was ended after the Fitzgeral Inquiry report was implemented by the Goss Government.

In this century, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman uses propaganda. The below series of videos shows the path taken in dismantling the Fitzgerald Inquiry’s Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) and ultimately led to the sacking of the Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee (PCMC). It also shows how the Newman Government uses the media and public officials to promote its propaganda regime.

The CMC was later renamed the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) by the Newman Government.

  • CMC chief Ross Martin explains to budget estimates in 2013 that there is merit in reviewing party political donations. Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie strongly and openly disagrees with Martin in front of the committee.

  • Tension between Martin, Newman and Bleijie continues when a series of Fitzgerald Inquiry documents are accidentally released to the public. Under enormous pressure, CMC chief Ross Martin makes a shock resignation citing health reasons.

  • Martin is replaced as CMC chief by Dr Ken Levy. Levy later tells the PCMC that he did not meet with anyone on the penning of a positive for The Courier Mail op-ed piece on Newman’s anti-bikie laws. He later corrects the record saying that he had help from a journalist and Newman government media advisor. Early in 2012, Newman made lying to parliament a criminal offence. Levy is still under investigation by police and still head of the CCC.

  • With tensions between the PCMC and the government high, Newman takes the extraordinary step of sacking the entire committee overnight.

  • Former PCMC chair and independent MP for Gladstone, Liz Cunningham explains the collusion between CMC chief Dr Ken Levy, Newman’s chief media advisor Lee Anderson and The Courier Mail’s Des Houghton in writing the positive op-ed piece on Newman’s anti-bikie laws.


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  1. Rosemary Smith says

    One wonders what is happening to democracy in Australia? Is Australia heading down the path of Totalitarianism?