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QC appointed to Crime and Corruption Commission

QC appointed to Crime and Corruption Commission

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The Queensland Law Society (QLS) has welcomed Alan MacSporran QC as chair of the Crime and Corruption Commission.

Mr MacSporran was floated as a candidate in June, when political issues delayed the appointment. It was only confirmed last week (30 July).  

“We congratulate all the parties involved [for] resolving the deadlock in the appointment of the chair of the commission,” said QLS president Michael Fitzgerald.

“The society is confident [Mr MacSporran] will bring a welcome combination of legal expertise, integrity and independence to the role.”

Mr MacSporran is a former crown prosecutor in the Queensland office of the federal Director of Public Prosecutions and a leading barrister. 

He has assisted with several inquiries, such as the inquest into the Childers backpackers fire (2006), the equine influenza inquiry (2007-2009) and the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry (2011-2012).

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said Mr MacSporran was a “well-respected legal representative” who was highly qualified for the position.

"[Mr MacSporran] has already demonstrated the tenacity and dedication necessary for this role in his vast career, which includes extensive experience in commissions of inquiry, investigative work and in complex, high-level trials," Ms D'Ath said.

Mr Fitzgerald said the government was living up to its commitment to merit-based selection processes for key public service positions.

“We look forward to the filling of other important vacancies in the commission – the remaining commissioners and the CEO,” he said.

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