The Crime and Corruption Commission has cleared the state government and public servants of any wrongdoing in relation to that computer. The watchdog initially launched its probe last year after then Integrity Commissioner Nikola Stepanov raised concerns data had potentially been lost or leaked after the laptop was taken from her office without her knowledge or permission.
Steven Miles, the deputy premier, criticised the LNP’s allegations of a conspiracy involving a lost laptop. Steven Miles, the deputy premier, criticised the LNP’s allegations of a conspiracy involving a lost laptop. The investigation into the theft and wiping of a laptop from the lobbying watchdog’s office, according to Queensland’s deputy premier, was a waste of time.
During the CCC investigation the opposition Liberal National Party said the laptop was “seized” during a “raid” on Dr Stepanov’s office then “wiped” by senior public servants. Deputy Premier Steven Miles says the CCC’s probe was a waste of time, and he attacked the LNP over their commentary. “It’s been really unfair on Queenslanders that they’ve been led to believe that there was some kind of conspiracy, and our CCC, that should be focused … spending their time on major crime and corruption, have had to waste their time correcting the record for ridiculous things the LNP have had to say,” he told reporters on Tuesday.
Dr Stepanov finished up in the role on Sunday, with Mr Miles saying the government was trying to recruit a permanent replacement for her. Cairns-based barrister Mark Glen has been appointed as the acting integrity commissioner in the meantime.