SEQ council elections targeted by corruption watchdog

THE Crime and Corruption Commission will hold a public hearing into "possible criminal offences" in the 2016 local government elections for the south-east Queensland councils including Moreton Bay, Ipswich and the Gold Coast.

The CCC announced this afternoon it would hold a seven day hearing from April 18 to 28 "as part of an investigation into the conduct of candidates involved in the 2016 local government elections for the Gold Coast City Council, Moreton Bay Regional Council and Ipswich City Council.".

The purpose of the hearing, according to a statement by the CCC is "to gather information about possible criminal offences to support Operation Belcarra and to also canvass broader issues related to corruption and integrity in local government".

CCC Chairman Alan MacSporran QC will preside at the hearing.

The CCC's Operation Belcarra is investigating a number of allegations relating to the 2016 local government elections.

The Gold Coast Bulletin has published about 60 reports in the past year under a "Trojan Council" banner, exposing an LNP-bloc during the so-called independent March 19 local government poll.

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