Qld taxpayers spend $75,605 on Trad case

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Queensland taxpayers have spent at least $75,605 on a legal case involving the corruption watchdog and former Labor deputy premier and treasurer Jackie Trad.

Ms Trad is in a legal battle with the Crime and Corruption Commission to stop it releasing a report into allegations she interfered in the recruitment of under-treasurer Frankie Carroll in 2019.

Taxpayers are footing the legal bills of both Ms Trad, due to indemnity rules, and the watchdog.

The CCC outlined its legal costs in a letter to a parliamentary committee, but Labor MPs have twice prevented it from being released.

However, Liberal National Party committee chair Jon Krause tabled the letter in parliament on Friday.

The CCC has spent $74,137 on legal fees and another $1468 on transcripts of court proceedings between May 2021 and May 2022.

The government is refusing to release details of Ms Trad's legal costs.

Labor MPs Jonty Bush, Jess Pugh, Melissa McMahon and Ali King delayed a committee vote on releasing the CCC's letter last month.

It was due on Thursday to vote on releasing the document, but the panel had to be adjourned because no Labor government MPs turned up.

Ms Bush said she and Labor colleagues Ms Pugh, Jennifer Howard and Don Brown all had other appointments, and they had informed the committee chair on Wednesday night.

LNP integrity spokeswoman Fiona Simpson said the government should have just shared the information from the outset rather than try to suppress it.

"What should have been a straightforward 10 minute meeting unnecessarily exploded into another integrity scandal because the government has obviously lost the basic ability to govern with integrity," she said.

"The Palaszczuk government must explain why they wanted this hidden so badly."

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