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August 2019

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The CPNQ is a non-profit incorporated association whose membership consists of individual organisations with a proactive interest in the prevention of fraud and corruption in the public, education and private sectors.

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Deterring, Preventing, Detecting Fraud & Corruption
  • A magistrate has found former Ipswich mayor guilty of 13 fraud-related charges - He was found guilty of all charges, stemming from buying items at charity auctions — including a football jersey, several artworks and a bicycle — and charging them to the council's community donation fund.

  • Employer surveillance: how far will it go? Workplace surveillance has long since gone beyond the old-school CCTV camera perched in the corner of the office car park. If you work for a large company, chances are your employer knows much more about you than you think, from where you eat lunch to the inside jokes you make with your co-worker on the company Slack channel (quick, delete all those pictures of your adorable dog).

Fraud & Corruption Risk
  • Inside the police database that holds 40 million private records and any officer can access

  • South Australia's Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) committed maladministration by funding thousands of dollars in hospitality for its former chief executive, South Australia's Ombudsman has found.

  • Prevention in focus: Procurement fraud attracts prison sentence - This Prevention in focus highlights that procurement fraud and conflicts of interest continue to be major corruption risk areas for the public sector.

  • CCC Connect keeps you up to date with the activities of the CCC and to provide you with information on how its powers are used to combat major crime and reduce corruption for the benefit of the Queensland community.

  • Council records: a guideline for mayors, councillors, CEOs and council employees - The Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) and Queensland State Archives (QSA) have published a joint corruption prevention advisory that sets out the requirements for the effective management of council records.

A bit of humour - Dumb Criminals

Two Welsh tourists landed themselves in court in 2012 after they got drunk and stole a penguin called Dirk from Sea World in Australia.

Rhys Owen Jones, 21, and Keri Mules, 20, from south Wales, broke into the park on Queensland's Gold Coast, swam with the dolphins and let off a fire extinguisher in the shark enclosure, before making off with poor Dirk.

When they woke up - hung-over and with the flightless bird in their apartment - they tried "their incompetent best" to care for him by feeding him and putting him in the shower, the court heard.

They later released Dirk into a canal, but were spotted by locals who called police. A magistrate fined them 1,000 Australian dollars (equivalent to £637 at the time) each, and told them to drink "a little less vodka".

Dirk was rescued and returned to Sea World unharmed.


Training & Information Sharing Opportunities

CPNQ Events

  • Panel discussion with three UQ Business School professors: “Trust, ethics and governance. 12pm to 1pm Wednesday 21 August 2019 at UQ campus at Queen Street Brisbane. Click to Register

Other Organisation's Events

  • Whistleblowing Symposium - Transparency, culture and compliance. This programme will explain what companies and organisations need to do to effectively manage whistleblowing under Australia’s new national legislation, and review where the future of whistleblower protection is headed after the recent AFP raids on media organisations. 7 August 2019 | Novotel Brisbane

  • Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference - APSAC - Melbourne: 29-31 October 2019

ACFE Brisbane Chapter Events

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Convenor's Message

Happy August fellow CPNQ’ers.

It has been a big few months for fraud and corruption matters in the news - the jailing of a former Mayor, integrity issues dominating Parliamentary Estimates in Queensland, rumblings around an emerging federal integrity agency and to top it off sporting scandals for our top athletes.

Thanks to all of you who came along to our last premium event featuring Dr Radha Ivory from the TC Beirne School of Law at University of Queensland (UQ) discussing approaches to corruption and transnational crime. There were some very interesting approaches to dealing with corruption raised by Dr. Ivory. We are very grateful to UQ for hosting us at their elegant and historic facilities at the UQ Brisbane campus, 293 Queen Street and for loaning us Dr Ivory for a very informative and educational hour.

With all that is going on around us in the world now is a good time to keep on top of our game with the latest insights from some more of our brightest minds. The CPNQ is proud to present our next premium event, a panel discussion with three learned UQ Business School professors discussing: “Trust, ethics and governance on Wednesday 21 August 2019 at the UQ campus at Queen Street in the city. Join us for a coffee after the event at a local coffee shop.

Please ensure you register early for what will be a sold out and lively panel discussion featuring repairing trust, sport, psychology and an answer the question “Why do good people do bad things?”

I look forward to see you there.


Jim Meyers

Thanks to our Contributors
We would like to thank all our contributors for sharing articles of interest.

Words of Wisdom

The most dangerous liars are those who think they are telling the truth.


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