CCC report on ex-Trustee not to go public

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A former Public Trustee has successfully blocked the release of a Queensland corruption watchdog report on misconduct accusations levelled against him.

Peter Carne on Friday won his Supreme Court appeal, preventing the Crime and Corruption Commission report into alleged corrupt conduct being made public.

Carne was a Public Trustee from 2009-14 and 2016-20.

He was suspended in June 2019 by the attorney-general when the CCC launched an investigation into allegations levelled against him.

Carne later resigned.

The CCC forwarded their report to the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee, asking them to give it to the Speaker of state parliament.

That would allow the report to be published and allegations protected by parliamentary privilege, ruling out potential defamation action by Carne.

Carne tried to stop that from happening by launching legal action in the Supreme Court, saying the report's publication would breach his human rights and deny him procedural fairness.

He lost the case in September 2021 but challenged the ruling in March.

Two of the three appeal judges ruled in Carne's favour on Friday.

Justices Philip McMurdo and Debra Mullins allowed the appeal, setting aside the original ruling and ordering the CCC pay Carne's costs.

Justice Paul Freeburn said it should be dismissed.

"It is not a report which has been made by the Commission (CCC) in the performance of any of its statutory functions," the decision said.

"Consequently, this report could not be the subject of parliamentary privilege."

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