Premier Palaszczuk’ I ask Labor’s Mark Bailey to Stand Down

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I met with Mark Bailey tonight and I have 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 (CCC) 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.”

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

The acting arrangements for Mr Bailey’s portfolio responsibilities will be announced tomorrow.

The CCC has also stated that it “identified during its review of the emails a number of other ministers using private email accounts. No corrupt conduct was identified.”

The Department of Premier and Cabinet has been directed, in accordance with the CCC’s recommendation, to develop “further explicit and formal advice to Ministers regarding the requirement that they use their ministerial email address for all ministerial businesses”.

Electorate Yeerongpilly / Party Australian Labor Party (ALP)