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Flegg resigns as housing minister

Posted by: Staff writers | 14 November, 2012 - 5:32 PM
Bruce Flegg

4BC Drive: Queensland Housing Minister Bruce Flegg has resigned, amid allegations he misled parliament over contact he had with his lobbyist son.

Gary Hardgrave speaks to Premier Campbell Newman in response to the resignation of Minister Bruce Flegg. He then speaks to Opposition Leader Anastacia Palaszcuk.

LISTEN: Campbell Newman with Gary Hardgrave

LISTEN: Anastacia Palaszcuk with Gary Hardgrave

Flegg resigns as Qld housing minister

Queensland Housing Minister Bruce Flegg has resigned, amid allegations he misled parliament over contact he had with his lobbyist son.

Dr Flegg, his voice wavering, said Premier Campbell Newman had not asked for his resignation.

His former media adviser made allegations public on Tuesday, claiming the minister had misled parliament by failing to disclose on his lobbyist register over 30 points of contact he or his office had with his lobbyist son Jonathon, who works for communications business advisory firm Rowland.

Dr Flegg is also accused of lying in his diary several times by saying he was working in his Brisbane electorate when he was actually working as a doctor.

He told parliament on Wednesday it had come to his attention that there had been a number of "administrative failures" in his office and he would take responsibility for them.

"I want to stress to the house that these were matters that I was not aware of," he said.

"These were not matters that represented misdoing on the behalf of anyone, myself, staff or otherwise, and they are not matters that reflect on any action that I have personally taken.

"They were administrative oversights ... if I could put it that way, sloppy administration."

Dr Flegg insisted that at all times he had done the right thing.

"It doesn't have to be something you've done yourself. If you hold the office of a minister, you have a responsibility over those matters."

He said not one of the matters involved any personal gain for anyone, or had any impact on the life or wellbeing of a single Queenslander.

Dr Flegg said Labor MPs had never taken responsibility, either for the payroll debacle or the Gordon Nuttall corruption cases.

"As a result of what we've witnessed, we've seen us as MPs and ministers, and the institution of this parliament, substantially damaged in the eyes of Queenslanders because of those failures to take that responsibility," he said.

Dr Flegg said he would remain in parliament as the member for the Brisbane seat of Moggill.

The government was not damaged because of the attacks on him, and it was a "very, very fine government getting the very, very best outcome it can for Queensland", he said.

"With great sincerity I can tell you and Queenslanders they are a fabulous cabinet of ministers and people need to give them a go, not get carried away with nonsense and political trivia," Dr Flegg said.

Premier Campbell Newman said Dr Flegg showed "incredible dignity and a great sense of honour" by taking responsibility for administrative failings in his office.

"I think he has shown all of us what the ministerial tradition under the Westminster system is all about," he told parliament.

"I am proud of him for coming in here and having the courage and the dignity to deliver that address that he just did."

Mr Newman said he would announce a replacement for Dr Flegg in coming days.

It had become apparent that difficulties within Dr Flegg's office were distracting the government from getting Queensland back on track, he said.

"It is now beyond doubt there are serious shortcomings with the governance and administration of his office," he said.

Dr Flegg is the second minister to lose his position since the Liberal National Party (LNP) took power in March.

Gympie MP David Gibson was sacked as police minister just weeks into the job after he was caught driving unlicensed.

Blog comments Your Say

  • This is obviously the fault of Bligh because she put flouride in the water and it has driven the right wing numbnuts even crazier judging by the comments in this forum this week.
    Damn you Bligh.

    Bob Lord Thursday 15 November, 2012 - 12:28 PM
  • You must have missed Nicola Roxon rabbitting on about the Peter Slipper case Bob at every opportunity she got, but no member of Parliment should speak about a case before the court should they Bob.

    Gayle Thursday 15 November, 2012 - 12:14 PM
  • Well Harry it seems that the voters agree that the LNP in Queensland do not need a opposition, that is why they kicked everyone else out at the last election. It seems that only morons like yourself Harry do not get this fact. It is obvious that you do not read because you talk so much BS.

    mick Thursday 15 November, 2012 - 11:59 AM
  • I wonder when we will get a royal commission into the Wivenhoe debacle which drowned suburbs of Brisbane. The enquiry was about dodging the implied costs that an admission of guilt would bring upon this labor bankrupted state. I am sure the insurers are not going to pay for Bligh's total incompentence in the damages for property loss and damage nor for the tradgic loss of life and the human misery that this labor government caused. Do not forget that at the time she blamed anyone and everything but the truth which she denied to save her butt at the election, she through the crocodile tears lied to the State and the people of Qld. Labor will not change their spots no matter how much spin they a put on it the bottom line fact is that labor will always lie to further their self interests.

    mick Thursday 15 November, 2012 - 11:26 AM
  • Yes very reminisent of, That is between Craig emmerson and his wife.

    This woman can not bring herself to be seen to be responsible for anything!

    BELLA Thursday 15 November, 2012 - 11:17 AM
  • Well done Rich.
    Still no comment on Flegg I see.
    BTW it is very inappropriate indeed for any member of parliament to comment on any court case. Politicians can never be seen to be trying to influence the court.

    Bob Lord Thursday 15 November, 2012 - 11:09 AM

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