BREAKING: Ipswich candidate struck off CCC witness list
DECLAN McCallion, the unsuccessful Division 2 candidate for the 2016 Ipswich local government election, is no longer required to appear before the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) public hearing which started today.
Mr McCallion had earlier been named on a list of six Ipswich public figures to appear at the hearing into the conduct of candidates at the Ipswich, Moreton Bay and Gold Coast local government elections in 2016.
The QT contacted Mr McCallion today and he confirmed he was no longer required to appear and that he had been informed by the CCC that he was no longer needed at the hearing.
He chose not to comment when asked what the reason was for him no longer making an appearance.
Mr McCallion had earlier elected not to comment on why he thought he had been initially called before the hearing.
Mr McCallion campaigned as an independent at the 2016 election but had ALP logos on his election paraphernalia.
The independent Division 2 hopeful also had a campaign Facebook page which featured former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam wearing an 'It's time' T-shirt.
Mr McCallion received 17.51% of the vote at the 2016 election with sitting Division 2 councillor Paul Tully recording 82.49% to romp home.
Watch the CCC hearing live below.