Former minister Gordon Nuttall outside Brisbane Supreme Court today. Picture: Phil Norrish
Former minister Gordon Nuttall outside Brisbane Supreme Court today. Picture: Phil Norrish

Disgraced MP ordered to repay 25 per cent of superannuation

GORDON Nuttall has been ordered to pay 25 per cent of his taxpayer-funded superannuation after the State Government took legal action against the disgraced former minister.

In the Supreme Court today, Justice James Douglas delivered his decision, saying his reasons would be published later.

Read the full judgment here.

Treasurer Curtis Pitt launched proceedings last year to try to recoup the taxpayer-funded section of Nuttall's superannuation.

A hearing in February was told the maximum amount the Government could get back was $1.53 million.

Justice Douglas said today the figure would need to be recalculated.

Nuttall was jailed for seven years in 2009 for receiving more than $500,000 in corrupt payments from two businessmen he then helped to secure lucrative government contracts.

In February, Nuttall told a court his life had not been "a bed of roses" since he was released on parole on strict conditions.

He told the court it "beggars belief" he had spent more than five years of his sentence at a maximum-security prison given he was a model and low-risk prisoner.

"I don't think there's anyone in this courtroom that could begin to comprehend the horrors of that."

Nuttall said he was not standing in front of the judge saying "poor me" but did ask Justice James Douglas to allow his harsh punishment to offset any deduction from his superannuation.

News Corp Australia

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