The Mungana Affair involved the sale to the Government of Queensland, Australia, in 1922, of some mining properties in the Chillagoe-Mungana districts of northern Queensland, at a grossly inflated price. At that time, Ted Theodore was Premier of Queensland and William McCormack, Member for Cairns and a former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland,
In 1927 Theodore entered Federal politics, while McCormack became Premier of Queensland from 1925 to 1929.
In 1929 the Queensland Government appointed a Royal Commission to investigate the sale. The Commission found that at the time of the sale in 1922, Theodore and McCormack each secretly held 25% ownership of the properties sold. In July 1930, the scandal forced Theodore to resign from his role as Treasurer of Australia. McCormack had already resigned from Queensland Parliament in February 1930 before the adverse findings by the Royal Commission.
The Queensland Government did not charge either man with any offence.
- "State Mines: The Mungana Acquisistion". Brisbane Courier. 1922-02-15. Retrieved 2014-02-21.
- "Advertising". The Week. CIX, (2,846). Queensland, Australia. 11 July 1930. p. 1. Retrieved 5 November 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
- "MR. M'CORMACK". The Brisbane Courier (22,487). Queensland, Australia. 22 February 1930. p. 15. Retrieved 5 November 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
- K. H. Kennedy. The Mungana Affair: State Mining and Political Corruption in the 1920s, University of Queensland Press, 1978
- Trevor Sykes. Two Centuries of Panic, Allen and Unwin, 1988. (Chapter 11: "Theodore's scandal")
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