Flegg resigns as housing minister

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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.

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