State Government - QLD Official Drunk At Work
An investigation has found that Queensland's former electoral commissioner Walter van der Merwe was drunk at work, was frequently absent without a legitimate excuse, and was caught having sex with a temporary employee.
Mr. van der Merwe resigned in February, a day after being suspended because of the complaints filed with the Attorney-General's office. Under the Public Service Act, there will be no post-disciplinary action against him.
QLD Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath told the state parliament that a number of complaints were substantiated by the Crime and Corruption Commission's (CCC) investigation. In addition to the drunkenness, sex, and absenteeism, Ms. D'Ath said van der Merwe: didn't do much work even when he was there; ignored or over-ruled his senior managers, especially in matters of favoritism; was rumored to have used drugs; and stored steroids in the office, for which he was already fined $600.
The egregious behavior has worn down the Electoral Commission Queensland (ECQ) staff and threatened its relationship with the public.
"As a public sector agency, it is crucial that the ECQ always retains the full confidence of the Queensland public and that it reflects the highest levels of ethics and integrity in the important work that it does," said Ms. D'Ath. "Staff should also expect a healthy workplace culture that supports staff wellbeing."