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CCC to investigate LNP complaint against its own councillor


Jan. 17, 2020

Queensland's corruption watchdog will investigate claims made against a Brisbane LNP councillor referred by her own party.
Pullenvale ward councillor Kate Richards was referred to the Crime and Corruption Commission by the LNP in December over undisclosed allegations. The LNP refused to elaborate on the claims.
Cr Richards vehemently denied the claims and said she had been undermined by factions within the party.
A CCC spokesman confirmed the complaint had been assessed and had "determined to investigate it further".
"It is important to note all allegations should be treated as unsubstantiated until a final outcome is reached," he said.
"It’s not appropriate for the CCC to comment further while the investigation remains ongoing."
Cr Richards was stripped of preselection endorsement by the LNP for the March 28 election and her lawyer, Terry O'Gorman, said she was considering her options.
Mr O'Gorman in December said he did not believe the "minor" complaints would result in charges against Cr Richards.
The LNP has opened preselection for the ward of Pullenvale, with former MP and councillor Jane Prentice putting her hand up against communications executive Greg Adermann.
In a letter to LNP members, Ms Prentice described the situation at Pullenvale as "almost unprecedented".
She wrote that there was "just not enough time" to introduce an unknown candidate to voters given the election was a short time away and the candidate selected needed to have "instant name recognition".
The party will meet on Wednesday, January 22, to select the new LNP-endorsed candidate for Pullenvale.
It's not yet known if Cr Richards will run as an independent, but lord mayor Adrian Schrinner said this week she remained a member of "Team Schrinner" and he was not concerned.
Lucy is the urban affairs reporter for the Brisbane Times, with a special interest in Brisbane City Council.
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