During budget estimates in December the Crime and Corruption Commission chair Alan MacSporran said “less than 20” emails involving Ms Palaszczuk’s private account had been assessed and their contents “didn’t excite our interests”.
“Many of them, from memory, were on Saturdays or Sundays outside office hours,” he said.
In a statement this week, the CCC said a “small number” of emails might be public records but it was up to the Premier’s department to determine that.
“It is not appropriate for the CCC to release these emails,” a spokesman said.
“A number of them were identified as clearly not being public records. A small number appear to be public records.”
A spokesman for Ms Palaszczuk said the matter was subject to a Right To Information process and “decisions about the release or otherwise were made by an independent RTI officer”.
The spokesman would not say whether the Premier had misled Parliament in 2017 or whether she would release the emails.
Opposition Leader David Crisafulli said “there was clearly business being conducted on a private email account”.
“We are talking about emails communicating whether someone is worthy enough for a government position, we want to know what is in them,” he said.
“I am not asking the Premier to release any emails about private matters, the Premier is entitled to her privacy like any other Queenslander.
“But if private email [accounts] are being used for public business they are an official record and they deserve to be scrutinised.”
Asked on Tuesday if she had any concerns about the emails, Ms Palaszczuk said no.
“It’s all gone through the CCC,” she said.
“It happened, like, five years ago. The [ministerial] handbook has been updated.”
Ms Palaszczuk banned her ministers from using personal email accounts and apps such as Snapchat to discuss official business in 2018, following a corruption investigation into Mr Bailey.
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Matt Dennien is a reporter with Brisbane Times.
Lydia Lynch is Queensland political reporter for the Brisbane Times