LGAQ welcomes Court of Appeal decision upholding dismissal of charges against former Ipswich Mayor

Published: 9th November 2021

Local Government Association of Queensland CEO Alison Smith welcomed the Court of Appeal’s decision to uphold the District Court’s ruling to dismiss the charges against former Ipswich Mayor Andrew Antoniolli.

“We now have yet another former Mayor left picking up the pieces after having his life and reputation badly damaged by the laying of charges by police officers seconded to the Crime and Corruption Commission that have – yet again - ultimately been found to be baseless,” Ms Smith said.

“This cannot go on. It is damaging not only to those wrongly charged but is also undermining public confidence in the CCC and the local government sector as a whole.

“The community must have confidence in both.

“That’s why the LGAQ called for the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Commission to inquire into the CCC’s actions.

“That inquiry is due to report back at the end of this month and we look forward to the committee’s recommendations.”

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