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Beattie cleared of Palm Island bribery allegations

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 24 March 2005

Queensland's Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) has cleared Premier Peter Beattie of any official wrongdoing in the alleged Palm Island bribery affair.

The CMC investigated Mr Beattie's offer to pay an island council debt in return for its support of a new community centre.

Mr Beattie has told Parliament the CMC has found that the offer was not conditional on the council visiting the centre and was not secretive.

"The Crime and Misconduct Commission has found that I acted properly and what that means now is that we can now continue focusing on the need to give all members of the island community a better future," he said.

"Allegations that there was a tape recording which cast me in a bad light have proven to be completely false - the tape was as blank as the allegations against me."

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