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A top Gold Coast police officer embroiled in a nepotism scandal has denied lying under oath to Queensland's corruption watchdog.
Michelle Stenner, 47, was charged in 2017, following an investigation into the appointment of Gold Coast Chief Superintendent Terry Borland's daughter Amy to a temporary administrative role at Broadbeach Police Station.
The superintendent is accused of discussing the matter with several officers before misleading the CCC inquiry.
On Monday, the senior officer faced Brisbane District Court to plead not guilty to three counts of perjury over claims she lied to the Crime and Corruption Commission during its investigation.
It's alleged Chief Supt Borland was on leave when he forwarded his daughter's resume directly to Stenner, bypassing standard recruitment channels, the jury was told.
Chief Supt Borland told Stenner that his daughter needed a job to return from the Northern Territory.
Stenner passed Ms Borland's details to the Broadbeach officer in charge, saying "she had found a person to fill the vacancy at the station".
At that stage, key errors in the application were discovered by the HR advisor of the Public Safety Business Agency.
A senior officer listed as instrumental in the application later denied any knowledge in Ms Borland's recruitment, the court was told.
Defence barrister Stephen Zillman said any mistakes in the selection process were an "innocent error".
"It is not able to be precisely identified who was responsible for the error, but it certainly was not Michelle Stenner," Mr Zillman said.
"You may ultimately conclude that it was an innocent error and there was no certainly corruption involved - indeed, there is no allegation here of corrupt conduct by Michelle Stenner insofar as the appointment process of Amy Borland is concerned."
Stenner's legal team also argued the charge of perjury was the deliberate giving of false testimony under oath.
"There are two parts to the offence of perjury, one is that it be false and the second is that it be given the testimony be given knowingly," Mr Zillman said.
"Why would Michelle Stenner have lied about such a matter?
"What conceivably was there to gain by her telling untruths about what she knew to be untruths in what the defence will ultimately be arguing that were peripheral matters."
The trial before Judge David Reid continues.
© AAP 2021