Thursday, 18 December 2008

No misconduct charges for bureaucrat

Queensland's Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has decided charges should not be laid against a former senior government bureaucrat who was accused of official misconduct.

Scott Flavell was the subject of a Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) inquiry after he helped a friend and entrepreneur establish a private training company while he was the director-general of the Department of Employment and Training.

CMC chairman Robert Needham says the DPP found there was not sufficient evidence to charge Mr Flavell.

"The charge that was considered was the offence of the disclosure of official secrets. It's a fairly difficult provision. It has some formal legal requirements which the DPP considered the evidence could not satisfy in this case," he said.

The CMC has released a report about conflicts of interest between the public and private sectors.

It recommends former ministers and senior bureaucrats be banned for two years from lobbying government officers in areas they previously worked.

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