Qld minister Bailey awaits email fate

Stuart Layt

Stood-aside Queensland minister Mark Bailey will have to wait a little longer to find out whether he broke the law over his use of a private email account after an interim report on the matter was handed to the corruption watchdog.

The Crime and Corruption Commission has confirmed it received the interim report from the state archivist, which had been due by the end of August.

However, the CCC said it would wait for the final report from the State Archivist before commenting further.

"The CCC is satisfied with the progress of the State Archivist's investigation and will receive a final report from him in due course," a CCC spokesman said in a statement.

"As the matter is ongoing, the CCC is not in a position to comment further at this stage."

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the CCC was best placed to handle the issue.

"They are matters for the CCC, my understanding is questions should be directed to the CCC in relation to that investigation," she told reporters in Townsville on Thursday,

Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls said Ms Palaszczuk had again failed to show leadership on the issue.

"(Mark Bailey) has deleted emails, he's attempted to avoid Right to Information requests made by media organisations, and yet Annastacia Palaszczuk only acted when the CCC came out and found that reasonable suspicion of corrupt conduct," Mr Nicholls told reporters in Townsville.

Mr Bailey was stood aside as a Labor minister in July after the CCC confirmed it had found a number of emails that could be considered public record on his private email account after he reactivated it earlier this year.

The watchdog found the emails themselves did not suggest any corrupt conduct on the part of Mr Bailey but his initial deletion of the account might be considered corrupt conduct.

State Archivist Mike Summerell was then asked to investigate, and his interim report was handed to the CCC on Wednesday.

Its contents, and the timeline for the final report, are not known at this stage.

The CCC in July said it had identified a number of other ministers also using a personal email account for government business and urged the premier to crack down on the practice.

Mr Bailey faces a fine if he is found to have breached the public records act.

His old portfolios of energy, biofuels and water supply, and main roads, road safety and ports are currently held on an acting basis by Treasurer Curtis Pitt and Environment Minister Steven Miles.