The Queensland political corruption scandal that has rocked Queensland is about to explode into the national spotlight.
The Queensland Police Service has charged the former chief minister with eight counts of bribery over $1 million.
The charges come after a number of high-profile figures, including Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and former chief of staff Chris Lewis, resigned in recent weeks.
What you should know about Queensland’s political bribery scandals in pictures: ‘The corruption scandal has hit the front page’ Former chief minister Annastia Palasziuk (left) and former Queensland premier Chris Lewis (right) have both resigned in the past week amid the corruption scandal.
Photo: Getty Images The Queensland Government has been rocked by a number a major scandals over the past year, including the murder of former chief justice Ian Watkins in 2016.
The scandal also has exposed the extent of political pay-offs in Queensland and the extent to which the State Government has used its influence over the state’s judiciary to avoid paying for public services.
Premier Annastias Palaszyuk has been charged with corruption.
“The corruption investigation is now in its final stages and has been going on for more than a year,” Queensland Premier Annastas Palaszeu told reporters in Townsville today.
Ms Palaszeku said the Queensland Government would not tolerate corruption in any form. “
What we’re trying to do now is look into this very serious matter and try to get the full facts and bring them to light.”
Ms Palaszeku said the Queensland Government would not tolerate corruption in any form.
She said she was confident the charges would lead to the prosecution of some of those who were involved in the corruption investigation.
Ms Palasza has also been charged in relation to the murder and alleged involvement in the cover-up of the murder.
Mr Lewis resigned from the Queensland Police Services on Wednesday after the State Police released its own investigation into the death of former Chief Justice Ian Watkins.
The former chief magistrate was found dead in his home in December.
Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton told reporters Mr Lewis had been under pressure to resign because he was concerned about his job security, the future of the investigation into his death and his family’s welfare.
He said he had told Mr Lewis he would not be able to do the job, and he believed he would be fired, but he could not do that because of his position as a minister.
Queensland Police Commissioner Shane Perez, left, and Chief Commissioner Patton at a press conference today.
After being sworn in as chief commissioner in March, Mr Lewis was named acting chief commissioner.
On Monday, Queensland Premier Jackie Trad told ABC News she believed Mr Lewis’s resignation was not related to the corruption case and was unrelated to his previous role as a Queensland Police commissioner.
Ms Trad said the Premier was concerned with the safety of her government’s people.
‘It was a decision that I think we all agreed upon, that it was the right thing to do,’ Ms Trad told reporters.
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In an interview with ABC News, Ms Palaseszuk said she believed she was the victim of a corrupt scheme by political figures, but she denied she knew any political corruption involved.
”The corruption case has hit my back in a big way,” Ms Palasi said.
But the Premier has also said she has no intention of resigning, despite the charges.
When asked whether she believed Ms Palaspi was being targeted, she said she did not.
Despite her resignation, Ms Trad still faces a number court challenges as she continues to fight the corruption charges.