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Logan Mayor Luke Smith Charged With Corruption

Logan Mayor Luke Smith has been charged with corruption offences as part of an investigation into political donations focusing on 2016 council elections.

The Crime and Corruption Commission alleges the 48-year-old lied during a hearing relating to Operation Belcarra, which had been investigating the conduct of some candidates in the Gold Coast, Moreton Bay, Ipswich and Logan councils that year.

Smith has been charged with official corruption, failing to correct his council register of interests and two counts of perjury.

In October the CCC released a report that found the company Logan Futures created an "artificial separation" between the mayor and his donors and was poorly governed, reducing the transparency of donations.

Operation Belcarra was looking at whether the mayor had influenced development decisions for the benefit of his campaign donors.

Before the charges were announced, Smith was expected to hold a press conference to mark one year since Logan flooded in what he said was the worst natural disaster to hit the region since 1974.

"The mayor has been called away on urgent business," a notice cancelling the event read.

"Apologies for the short notice. We are hoping to reschedule soon."

Smith is on bail and is listed to front Beenleigh Magistrates Court on April 17.


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