Disgraced former Queensland Labor minister Gordon Nuttall.
Disgraced former Queensland Labor minister Gordon Nuttall. Anthony Reginato

Gordon Nuttall pays off fines

DISGRACED former Queensland Labor minister Gordon Nuttall has paid his $82,000 fines for contempt of State Parliament.

Clerk of the Parliament Neil Laurie informed MPs before Question Time today proceeds from the sale of Nuttall's assets had enabled him to pay off the debt.

"I advise that on May 12, 2011, the Legislative Assembly of the 53rd Parliament found Mr Gordon Nuttall guilty of 41 instances of contempt and ordered that he fined $2,000 on each count, a total of $82,000," he said.

"In accordance with the recommendations of the ethics committee I advise that I have received from the Public Trustee, acting on behalf of Mr Nuttall, a further sum of $50,440, being full and final payment."

Nuttall served as a minister in Peter Beattie's government from 2001 to 2005.

He was found guilty in 2009 of corruptly receiving secret commissions during his time in office and jailed for seven years.

The following year he was found guilty of a further five charges of official corruption and five charges of perjury and jailed for an additional seven years.

Nuttall is serving the longest jail term for corruption handed to a Commonwealth politician.



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