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Trad defends call to CCC head over house


Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad defends call to CCC head over house (AAP Image/Jono Searle) 

Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad has defended phoning the head of the corruption watchdog just hours before referring herself to the organisation over a house purchase near the state government's flagship rail project.

Ms Trad said she called Crime and Corruption Commission Chair Alan MacSporran on Sunday as a "courtesy".

She told him she would cooperate with any investigation into why she failed to declare the Woolloongabba home near the Cross River Rail line to parliament's register of members' interests within the required time frame.

"I volunteered this information (and) if I sought to influence Mr MacSporran in any way I don't think I would be disclosing it in parliament at an estimates committee hearing," she told ABC radio on Wednesday.

The matter has already been investigated by Integrity Commissioner Nikola Stepanov, however, Ms Trad will not release her advice until the CCC finishes its probe.

Ms Trad has stepped down from her role heading up the government's $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project in the wake of the scandal, but insists she had no role in the purchase.

She said her husband had advised her by text that he was interested in purchasing a property, but said few details were discussed between them.

"It was at a time that a lot of other things were happening," she said.

"I trust my husband - he manages his income in the way that he decides."

She accepted she was a beneficiary of the trust involved in the purchase.

The property purchase was raised within the first budget estimates hearings on Tuesday, an opportunity for MPs to ask questions of ministers and their department heads about how taxpayer money is spent.

Ms Trad said she wanted the matter resolved as quickly as possible.

The Cross River Rail is a underground rail line currently being built in Brisbane.

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