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Email: "Hey Dad"

Posted by: Staff writers | 15 November, 2012 - 8:50 AM
Flegg email

4BC News: An email shows the lobbyist son of former Queensland Housing Minister Bruce Flegg proposed a candidate to his father for a senior public service position.

The email was released by Dr Fleggs' sacked senior media officer Graeme Hallett to Brisbane's The Courier Mail newspaper, which published it on Thursday.

"Hey Dad, Chris Brooks is available as a possible Deputy DG and appears to have the goods (see his CV attached). I've had him strongly advised to me," said the email reportedly sent by Johnathan Flegg to his father on May 30.

Dr Flegg resigned as housing and public works minister on Wednesday, amid allegations he misled parliament over contact he had with his son.

His son was suspended from lobby firm Rowland on Monday over the allegations.

Premier Campbell Newman is expected to announce a cabinet reshuffle to replace Dr Flegg by the end of the week, with Energy Minister Mark McArdle  taking on Dr Flegg's former portfolio in the interim.

Dr Flegg resigned after Mr Hallett went public on Tuesday with allegations the minister misled parliament by failing to disclose on his lobbyist register more than 30 points of contact he or his office had with his son.

Dr Flegg will stay on as the member for the Brisbane electorate of Moggill.

Dr Flegg has also attracted criticism from inside his own party.

After learning of Dr Flegg's resignation, federal Liberal MP Andrew Laming, for the Queensland seat of Bowman, posted on Twitter: "Not a day too soon.

"I have had a gutful of pollie relies getting insider jobs. Worse still not fessing up to," his tweet, posted on Wednesday, says.

Blog comments Your Say

  • Rex Jackson ALP 1987 accepted bribes.
    Richard Face ALP 2009 made a false statement to the ICAC.
    Merri Rose ALP 2005 extortion.
    Gordon Nuttall ALP 2009 & 2011 corruption, receiving secret commissions, theft.
    Karen Struthers ALP 2007 drink driving.
    Brenton Best ALP 2002 drink driving.
    Carolyn Hirsh ALP 2006 drink driving and driving whilst disqualified.
    Adem Somyurek ALP 2009 driving whilst disqualified.
    Brian Burke ALP 1994 misappropriating public funds.
    David Parker ALP 1996 perjury.
    How can the ALP hold the high ground, I will settle for Bruce Fleggs son recommending someone for a job anyday.

    CRY FREEDOM Thursday 15 November, 2012 - 12:01 PM
  • Ok, so it was alright for Anna Bligh to create a $500,000.00 a year job for her husband.

    Hypocrisy!

    BELLA Thursday 15 November, 2012 - 11:30 AM

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