The Tasmanian Government has defended its decision to investigate a code of conduct complaint against the Acting Police Commissioner more than five months after the allegations were made.
A retired Federal Court Justice will investigate the complaints made by a retired Commissioner Richard McCreadie.
They relate to the failed prosecution of former Commissioner Jack Johnston and the Premier David Bartlett’s aborted attempt to reinstate Mr McCreadie while the case was dealt with.
Minister Lin Thorp says the permanent position of Police Commissioner can not be be advertised until the complaints are resolved.
“I had intended to start the advertising for the permanent position of Commissioner of Police for Tasmania and, of course, Acting Commissioner Hine deserves procedural fairness,” Ms Thorp said.
“To that end I’ll wait and see what the result of this inquiry into code of conduct charges comes up.”