Qld mayors to be suspended under new laws

Sonia Kohlbacher

Two Queensland mayors will be immediately suspended by the local government minister when new laws take effect next week.

Logan Mayor Luke Smith, who is fighting corruption and perjury charges, and Andrew Antoniolli, who stood aside as Ipswich mayor following fraud charges, are among five councillors who will be stood down.

Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe says they will be automatically suspended under legislation passed by the Labor government on Thursday.

It gives him power to sack or suspend elected council officials charged with corruption or integrity offences or where it is deemed in the public interest.

Mr Antoniolli is among thirteen people facing dozens of charges stemming from the Crime and Corruption Commission's probe into the Labor-affiliated Ipswich council.

Meanwhile, Logan's Luke Smith has refused to stand down in the face of CCC allegations he lied during a hearing relating to Operation Belcarra, which investigated corruption at the 2016 local government elections.