Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Nuttall Baffled by Behaviour of Compatriots

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Nuttall Baffled by Behaviour of Compatriots

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FORMER Queensland minister Gordon Nuttall considered killing off a pet project because he was "baffled" by the behaviour of two men who had helped him hatch a corruption plan, a court has heard.

Nuttall, 57, has pleaded not guilty to five perjury charges and five counts of official corruption in the Brisbane District Court.

He has also been charged with five alternative charges of corruptly receiving or soliciting valuable consideration to influence favour in relation to principal affairs or business.

The crown alleges that between October 1998 and April 2006, a financially troubled Nuttall corruptly received about $150,000 in payments from businessman Brendan McKennariey, a former plumber.

Nuttall, Mr McKennariey and another businessman named Graham Doyle devised a lucrative scheme in 2001 to make profits from a workplace health and safety project in indigenous communities, the court heard.

The former director general of the Department of Industrial Relations, Peter Henneken, gave evidence yesterday that as minister, Nuttall told him the project was an urgent priority. …

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