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You are here: Home Investigating corruption Past investigations 2009 Gordon Nuttall jailed for official corruption
You are here: Home Investigating corruption Past investigations 2009 Gordon Nuttall jailed for official corruption

Investigation into former Minister Gordon Nuttall

In July 2009, former Queensland Minister Gordon Nuttall was found guilty of corruptly receiving almost $360 000 over three years from prominent Queensland businessmen, Ken Talbot and Harold Shand. He was sentenced to seven years jail for each offence to be served concurrently.

As a result of an investigation conducted by the CMC, in October 2010 a Brisbane District Court jury found Mr Nuttall guilty on a further five counts of official corruption and five counts of perjury. The evidence presented at his second trial showed that between December 2001 and April 2006, he had corruptly received payments totalling $152,700 from businessman and close friend, Brendan McKennariey.

He was initially sentenced to five years imprisonment for these offences, but on appeal from the Attorney-General, the Court of Appeal increased this sentence to seven years, and his non-parole period by 18 months.  He is now eligible for parole on 15 July 2015.

Recovery of proceeds of crime

The case was referred to the CMC in November 2006 for assistance in recovering the proceeds of crime.  The CMC subsequently sought restraining orders over two properties owned by Mr Nuttall, which were made by the Supreme Court.

The CMC also sought from the Supreme Court and was granted proceeds assessment orders totalling $595,980 against Mr Nuttall. Interest of $72,790 was awarded on these orders, and costs of $47,000 were also made in favour of the State.

The Supreme Court issued enforcement warrants on 19 July 2011, authorising the seizure and sale of Mr Nuttall’s property at Woodgate. This was auctioned on 24 September 2011 and sold for $760,000. The sale proceeds were sufficient to the meet the State’s demands.

Related documents and links

Report

Allegations concerning the Honourable Gordon Nuttall MP (PDF, 1.9 MB)

Not published by the CMC, this report was tabled in Queensland Parliament by the Honourable L Lavarch MP, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice on 7 December 2005.

Media releases and statements

CMC closes investigation into corruption claims by former Minister (Nuttall) — 13.07.2011

CMC statement on allegations by former Minister — 24.05.2011

Queensland businessman jailed for corrupting former minister — 01.04.2011

Former Queensland Minister jailed for official corruption — 16.12.2010

Nuttall's second corruption conviction echoes zero tolerance — 27.10.2010

Former Minister faces official corruption and perjury charges — 25.08.2009

Jailing of former Minister serves as a warning — 17.07.2009

Former Minister and lawyer face charges — 04.12.2007

Former Minister and Queensland Businessman face charges — 19.01.2007

Investigation into Minister Gordon Nuttall completed — 07.12.2005

CMC statement on investigation into Minister Gordon Nuttall - 20.10.2005

Related links

Court of Appeal decision on Attorney-General's appeal (PDF, 206 KB)

Court of Appeal decision on Mr Nuttall's appeal against his conviction (PDF, 185 KB)

Last updated: 25 March 2013

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