Explosive emails expose Palaszczuk government
Another integrity scandal is engulfing the Palaszczuk government with explosive secret emails giving an insight into the government’s inner workings.
“Mike Summerell, the former state archivist, wrote a damning report in 2017, which lifted the lid on this Mangocube saga,” Queensland Editor Peter Gleeson said.
“Where the current Transport Minister Mark Bailey was conducting government business on private emails.
“It shows just the labyrinth, the tentacles that exist between government ministers and the union movement and the backers.
“It will be very difficult for the Queensland government today in parliament to defend them.”
By Sky News
Neil Breen sets government straight amid release of Mangocube scandal emails
Transport Minister Mark Bailey has been plagued by the scandal for years, over the use of his private email for government business.
A report into the saga was completed in 2017 by former state archivist Mike Summerell but has only now come to light at the request of the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee.
The investigation details conversations between Mr Bailey and then-Electrical Trades Union state secretary Peter Simpson about upcoming Cabinet issues.
There is no indication the Minister followed direction by the union.
The private emails also revealed Mr Bailey was sent a list of bureaucrats believed to favour the LNP.
Another chain showed concerns of losing voters if a project wasn’t approved.
In a statement provided to Breakfast with Neil Breen, a Palaszczuk government spokesperson said:
“The independent watchdog, the CCC, fully investigated and dealt with this matter in 2017.
“Minister Bailey was cleared of any wrongdoing.“
Neil Breen said while he was cleared of corrupt dealings, the use of a personal email account breached ministerial policies.
“They didn’t charge him with corruption but they said ‘hey, you did the wrong thing here’,” he said.
“So don’t listen to the government say he was cleared; he wasn’t cleared, he was admonished.
“If anyone thinks it’s cool for the ETU to know what’s going on in Cabinet, … if anyone doesn’t think that’s wrong, I can’t help you.”
By Neil Breen 4BC
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