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CMC investigating Bruce Flegg's alleged secret recordings

Former housing minister Bruce Flegg
Former housing minister Bruce Flegg Rae Wilson

THE Newman Government is facing more turmoil after the publication of alleged secret recordings of former housing minister Bruce Flegg discussing the option of abandoning his Brisbane seat of Moggill for in exchange for a lucrative overseas posting.

The allegations include Mr Flegg talking through the idea of allowing Campbell Newman to run in his seat, swapping his political career for a high-paying trade commissioner position.

Excerpts of the recordings were published in News Limited newspapers on Friday.

The tapes themselves were now understood to be in the possession of the Crime and Misconduct Commission.

Dr Flegg was investigated over similar accusations two years ago - the CMC found no evidence of any offence was committed.

At the time, Dr Flegg and other LNP members denied, under oath, that any deal was offered.

If an offer was made, and the CMC found it amounted to bribery, the culprit could face a maximum of seven years in prison.

In a statement, Dr Flegg said he did not supply any material to the Courier Mail - which published the claims - and the CMC was yet to contact him about the accusations.

"Of course, should it be required, I will co-operate fully with the CMC as I did when they investigated these matters in 2011," he said.

Dr Flegg said he was unable to comment further as it was under Queensland police investigation.

LNP President Bruce McIver was also understood to be mentioned in the recordings.

In his statement, Mr McIver echoed the words of Dr Flegg, referring to the CMC investigation that found no sign of unlawful behaviour.

Mr McIver then praised the work of Premier Campbell Newman.

Premier Campbell Newman said if there was "anything new" in the claims, the CMC was capable of handling it.

The CMC would not confirm it had received the recordings but a spokeswoman said "should new evidence come to light" on any matter, it would consider its position.

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said there was a "cloud over the integrity" of those apparently involved.

Beyond the potential bribery charges, Ms Palaszczuk said for anyone found to have lied under oath, perjury carried a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison.

Topics:  bruce flegg campbell newman crime and misconduct commission newman government



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