Messenger meets with Nuttall

A TWO-HOUR prison meeting between Member for Burnett Rob Messenger and disgraced former minister Gordon Nuttall went ahead yesterday after a state government backdown.

Mr Messenger was initially blocked from seeing Mr Nuttall after a meeting between the two last month, at which the former minister said he would be prepared to give evidence to a Royal Commission about corruption in the state government.

However, Corrective Services Minister Neil Roberts then allowed Mr Messenger to meet Mr Nuttall at the Wolston Correctional Centre.

Mr Nuttall is serving a term of seven years in prison for accepting secret commissions while he was a minister.

Mr Messenger said yesterday's meeting was “positive and productive”.

“Despite the desperate attempts by the minister to prevent me from seeing Mr Nuttall, (the) meeting was another important step towards uncovering the systemic corruption within the Queensland government,” Mr Messenger said.

He said he was in the process of preparing documentation to present to CMC chairman Martin Moynihan, and would meet with him as soon as possible.

“I intend to write to the Attorney-General this week requesting that he provide me with the particulars needed to provide indemnity to any person who provides evidence of alleged corruption in Queensland,” he said.

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