Queensland’s Deputy Premier and Treasurer has announced she is standing aside from her ministerial duties during an investigation launched by the state’s corruption watchdog.
Jackie Trad said the Crime and Corruption Commission told her yesterday afternoon that it would investigate the recruitment and selection process for the principal of the new Inner City South Secondary College.
Ms Trad said she would be standing for her South Brisbane seat at this year’s state election and would fully co-operate with the investigation.
“It will provide me with an opportunity to set the record straight on this matter,” she said.
“Let me be clear, no applicant to the principal position was known to me in any capacity, personal, political or professional.
“Further, I have never expressed a view to anyone on who should fill that role.”
Ms Trad said that she told Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk last night that she would stand aside from her duties “until the investigation is concluded”, so she was not a distraction for the Labor Government.
“I fully intend on running for the seat of South Brisbane and ensuring strong, progressive leadership for our community.”