Gordon Nuttall-Parliament finds him Guilty fined $82,000

It will be very interesting today in the Qld parliament, when history is made with disgraced politician Gordon Nuttall appearing from court to address the house…He is a lying thieving conniving corrupt criminal who was caught out. Now he may be about to spill the beans on others.


STATE Parliament has found Gordon Nuttall guilty of contempt charges and fined him $82,000.

Mr Nuttall was this afternoon handed a $2000 fine for each of the 41 instances of contempt, which relate to corrupt payments he received from Queensland businessmen.

Summing up this afternoon’s debate, Leader of the House Judy Spence said Mr Nuttall “didn’t give us any evidence to want a lesser judgment”.

She said handing down the maximum fine recognised “the seriousness of this crime”.

Earlier, Premier Anna Bligh dismissed Mr Nuttall’s appeals for leniency on the grounds he could not afford the fine or that he had already been convicted in the courts..

“I listened hard to hear a sense of remorse or regret,” she told State Parliament this afternoon as she seconded a motion that he be given the full $82,000 fine.

Ms Bligh said Mr Nuttall spent half the time of his speech levelling allegations against the DPP and the CMC but that he provided no evidence to back up his claims and had not made any official complaint.

Ms Bligh said she had initially defended Mr Nuttall publicly as a “decent and honest person” and that he had used elaborate schemes to hide his deceit.

“I join the Leader of the House in how I felt betrayed by actions of Mr Nuttall,” she said.

Mr Nuttall has referenced the biblical story of Daniel in the lion’s den, Al Capone and even Breaker Morant in an emotional address to Parliament.

And the disgraced former minister ended with a reference to the biblical quote “judge not lest ye be judged”.

Nuttall took the floor in Queensland Parliament to defend contempt charges, making history as the first convicted criminal to do so.

Wearing a suit with a red tie and blue shirt, he looked gaunt and sombre as he prepared to speak.

Disgraced former Labor Government Minister Gordon Nuttall speaks before State Parliament to defend himself on contempt charges.

FORMER Labor minister and convicted criminal Gordon Nuttall is making wild allegations as he seeks revenge for his imprisonment, says former Queensland premier Peter Beattie.

Gordon Nuttall, disgraced politician

Nuttall will appear at the bar of state parliament on Thursday when, for the first time, MPs will hear from a prisoner defending himself against charges of contempt of parliament.

The former Health Minister was jailed in 2009 for 36 counts of receiving secret commissions from businessmen while a minister in the Beattie government.

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He is set to face the bar of parliament at midday (AEST), when he will be given 45 minutes to argue why he should not be fined $82,000 for not disclosing the payments under parliamentary rules.

Nuttall will wear a suit and will not be handcuffed when he addresses the House, his barrister John Rivett said.

Mr Beattie said Nuttall would seek revenge for the allegations levelled against him that had led to his imprisonment.

“The first words Nuttall should utter to the assembled members are an apology for his disgraceful criminal behaviour and betrayal of his oath of office to the people of Queensland,” Mr Beattie told The Courier-Mail.

“Nothing Nuttall can say to Parliament will remove the permanent stain on his name for his corruption that includes five convictions for perjury. In my view, because of Nuttall’s betrayal of his ministerial duty, both his criminal sentence and Parliamentary penalties are far too light.”

“Nuttall refuses to accept the consequences of his corrupt behaviour.

“Nuttall is out for revenge because I referred allegations relating to him to the Crime and Misconduct Commission.

“The subsequent investigation was widened by the CMC and led to his conviction and imprisonment. I gave evidence against him in court. It is little wonder Nuttall’s motive is to seek revenge.


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“Let me deal with Nuttall’s lies.” Mr Beattie said.

“Lie number one: two ministers were the “voice at the Cabinet table” for a hotel group.

“I ran a very centralised cabinet process. Nothing went to cabinet without my approval or support.

Cabinet would not have been improperly influenced by a hotel group. Hotels were consulted along with the club industry when changes were considered to the Liquor Act or poker machine laws. After cabinet, any decision pertaining to the hotel industry was publicly announced.”

“Lie number 2: Former Minister Bob Gibbs and I were improperly enticed to quit Parliament.

“The details of Bob Gibbs’ appointment as Trade Commissioner to LA were released at the time of his appointment and subjected to media scrutiny. All questions were satisfactorily answered then. There was no sweetheart deal with Gibbs who indicated to me he was retiring from Parliament. Subsequently I offered him the LA position to use his skills for Queensland.

“There was no CJC investigation of the Gibbs appointment at the time because it was in accordance with the law.

“After my retirement as Premier I was offered a number of board appointments. I subsequently declined those appointments after Gary Crook, the Integrity Commissioner advised in a detailed opinion that a period of time needed to elapse before I accepted such positions. Subsequently Anna Bligh offered me the LA Trade Commissioner role.

“Lie 3. Nuttall alleges that a formal selection processes were improperly aborted to appoint a high-ranking public servant who was “on side” with Labor.

“I sacked the Director General of Health while Nuttall was Minister over the tragedies at Bundaberg hospital. Nuttall was very bitter about this and my decision to move him from health and eventually out of the ministry. The appointment of Ushi Schriber as the DG of the Health Department was done properly.”

Mr Beattie said no “sane person” would now believe one word Nuttall said given he is a convicted perjurer.

“In my view, because of Nuttall’s betrayal of his ministerial duty, both his criminal sentence and parliamentary penalties are far too light,” Mr Beattie said.

Mr Beattie said Nuttall had no credibility left.

“Why would any sane person now believe one word that is said by this convicted perjurer?” he said.

Mr Beattie said he had explained his position on Nuttall’s allegations in a letter to the head of Queensland’s Crime and Misconduct Commission, Martin Moynihan QC, written before he left for Latin America on April 28.

Nuttall’s barrister says the disgraced former minister never intended tape recordings of him making allegations against former and current Labor MPs to be made public.

John Rivett said this morning Nuttall is grateful that LNP MP Rob Messenger had taken up his fight, tabling recording of conversations between the pair in state parliament, however

“I think he’s grateful for Rob’s support,’’ Mr Rivett said.

“I don’t think Gordon really realise that the tape he allowed Rob to tape would be played in parliament. That wasn’t agreed to by Mr Nuttall.’’

Mr Rivett said Mr Nuttall would find it humiliating fronting parliament after once being a member.

He told morning radio Mr Nuttall will appear before the bar wearing a suit. He will not be handcuffed.

Mr Nuttall has been working on today’s speech for a couple of months.

Speaker John Mickel has told radio that at the conclusion of the speech, Nuttall will be taken by the parliament’s sergeant at arms to the custodial officers who will be just outside the doors of the chamber.

After he leaves, the house will determine if he is guilty of the 41 contempt charges and if so, what is the penalty.

Mr Mickel said it’s an emotional day for him as he went to the same school as Nuttall and has known him since he was a young man

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Former MP Gordon Nuttall guilty

Guilty as accused, this lying, sneaky greedy ex politician is now a criminal. All the lies under oath counted for nothing. When the verdict was read out he cried like a baby,This man though he was invincible, unfortunately know, we have to wait for sentencing…This is the bit where he gets all his medical mates to write up the reports about all the “Alan Bond” like illnesses, depression, anxiety, potential cancers, blah blah to get a light  sentence

Gordon Nuttall, disgraced politician

FORMER Queensland Government minister Gordon Nuttall wept as he was found guilty on 10 counts of corruption and perjury today.

The jury retired at 4pm on Monday and returned at 11.20am with its verdicts.

A sombre-looking Nuttall spoke to family members in the moments before jury members entered the court room today.

“Be strong for each other,” he said.

When the verdicts were announced, the former Peter Beattie-government minister broke down and cried.

The crown alleged Nuttall received more than $150,000 in corrupt payments made up of $130,000 in cash payments delivered by businessman Brendan McKennariey to Nuttall’s home and the remainder in cheque and bank payments.

Nuttall, 57, had pleaded not guilty five charges of official corruption and five alternate charges of receiving secret commissions between December 2001 and July 2005.

He also pleaded not guilty to five counts of perjury at a Crime and Misconduct Commission hearing on September 28, 2006.

The two-week trial heard McKennariey became involved with Nuttall in two schemes for which Nuttall allegedly got kick backs while he was Industrial Relations Minister and Health Minister.

In 2001, when Nuttall was the Minister for Industrial Relations, McKennariey got work through a program to help indigenous people in a work place health and safety program.

McKennariey and a man named Graham Doyle were involved in th scheme but they had to use a “front man” because of an earlier falling out with another government minister Robert Schwarten.

The scheme was not very successful but Nuttall got about a total of $11,200 in December 2001.

The trial heard by 2004, Nuttall was Health Minister and McKennariey had come up with an idea for a scheme to assess waste water which had been developed by a Central Queensland University researcher.

Again using a front man, McKennariey won a contract and received more than $600,000. It would be alleged Nuttall had received $130,000 in cash – four payments of $25,000 and then one for $30,000 – over a period of time from McKennariey.

In evidence, McKennariey told the trial he had made five trips to Nuttall’s home in 2005-2006 with shopping bags crammed with cash.

The trial also heard allegations Nuttal had “plainly” lied five times to a CMC hearing in relation to various aspects of the two ventures.

Nuttall claimed the money paid into his bank in cheques and cash was repayment of $50,000 he loaned McKennariey while he denied ever receiving the $130,000 in cash.

He told the court when he appeared before the CMC he had been in a depressed and confused state.

Nuttall will be sentenced in November.