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Commissioner takes on CCC over investigation
Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan, who has made a submission to the Parliamentary Inspector overseeing the CCC.

Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan has referred the Corruption and Crime Commission inquiry into unsubstantiated claims of inappropriate credit card use to the Parliamentary Inspector who oversees the watchdog.

Mr O'Callghan revealed this morning that he had made a detailed submission to the Parliamentary Inspector.

The revelation comes a day after Premier Colin Barnett tabled in Parliament the CCC report which cleared the commissioner of any misconduct.

Speaking on 6PR this morning, Mr O'Callaghan said he was curious about the timing of the investigation into the credit card and travel expense allegations because it came just months before the end of his existing contract as commissioner.

The CCC report revealed that WA Police chief executive Greg Italiano did not raise questions with Mr O’Callaghan about the use of his corporate credit card because he believed the Commissioner had lost his “ethical compass”.

Asked this morning if the allegations were made as a part of a move to get rid of him, Mr O’Callaghan said he had been suspicious about the timing of the allegations.

“I’m curious about it obviously. There are a lot of rumours and speculating about the timing of it. The timing of both of these enquiries is curious in that they start about eight or nine months before discussion over my contract was due to take place,” Mr O'Callaghan told Paul Murray.

“You could quite rightly ask why now, why at this time, why both enquires at the same time.”

Asked whether he would like the origins of the latest CCC enquiry investigated, Mr O’Callaghan said he had lodged a submission with the Parliamentary Inspector overseeing the CCC.

“I have written to the Parliamentary Inspector about certain matters and I expect the Parliamentary Inspector to look into certain matters,” he said.

“That will take its course and no doubt I will get some correspondence from them in due course.

“He has got power to investigate what I made an issue about or what I have made submissions about.

“I can confirm I have made a report or submission to the Parliamentary Inspector, quite a substantial one, about this.”

Mr Italiano took sudden leave this week, just before the CCC report was publicly released.

He is not expected to return to his job as WA Police chief executive with Mr O’Callaghan saying their working relationship was now “untenable”.

Mr O’Callaghan said he had discussed the matter of Mr Italiano’s future with the Public Sector Commissioner and expected Mr Italiano would do the same before a decision was made.

Yesterday, Mr O'Callaghan said Mr Italiano's views were "bizarre" and "unfathomable".

He described Mr Italiano's evidence as "a kick in the guts" and said there was no possibility of them working together again.

The CCC inquiry was launched after a legal and policy staffer inside Mr O'Callaghan's office complained to the watchdog.

Mr Italiano was then compelled by the CCC to give evidence about the allegations.

Mr O'Callaghan also criticsed the time in took the CCC to investigate the matter.

The West Australian

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