THE State Government received 326 complaints about suspected corruption in the Ipswich City Council over two years.
THE State Government received 326 complaints about suspected corruption in the Ipswich City Council over two years. David Nielsen

326 corruption complaints? More like three, says Govt

UPDATE 2.30PM: The State Government has rejected the LNP's claims it received 326 complaints about corruption in Ipswich and declared the number was closer to three.

According to a department email seen by the QT, a Right to Information document provided to the Opposition on Tuesday morning contained 326 pages, but only three complaints were received.

Earlier the LNP said 326 complaints about corruption had been received by the State Government.

The office of Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington has not yet provided evidence to support her claim.

INITIAL: The State Government received 326 complaints about suspected corruption in the Ipswich City Council over three years, the Opposition claims.

According to the LNP, a Right to Information document tabled in Queensland Parliament revealed Jackie Trad, the then Local Government Minister, received 326 complaints about corruption at the Labor council between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2017.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the revelation that Ms Trad received "an avalanche of corruption complaints" about the Ipswich City Council "proves Queensland Labor turns a blind eye to corruption in its own ranks".

"It is beyond belief that the Palaszczuk Labor Government received 326 complaints about Ipswich City Council but apparently did nothing," Ms Frecklington said.

"Labor talks about integrity but turns a blind eye to corruption in its own backyard.

"The Palaszczuk Government was warned hundreds of times about misconduct at Ipswich."

Ms Frecklington questioned why the government "failed to act".

"The people of Ipswich deserve to know the truth," she said.

"Labor has proven it won't tackle corruption in its own ranks and Labor ministers can't be trusted to clean up the system."


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