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MPs can't comment on Flegg recordings for legal reasons

PREMIER Campbell Newman and his cabinet have been told not to comment on the Flegg recordings because it could hamper any investigation.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie told reporters on Wednesday he had told all ministers and the Premier not to discuss the issue because it was unclear whether the recordings, or the publishing of their transcripts, was legal.

Recordings made public in the past week have reignited the row over allegations that MP Bruce Flegg was offered a lucrative overseas job in return for allowing Campbell Newman to take his seat.

If such an offer amounted to an inducement, or a form of bribery, those involved could face prosecution.

Mr Bleijie said the nature of the recordings meant it was not appropriate for the government to discuss them publicly.

"There are questions about where the information was obtained, how it was obtained and then whether the publishing of the transcripts of the recordings could potentially breach Queensland law," Mr Bleijie said.

He said recordings were legal between two individuals, but the publishing by a third party without permission - if that was the case - could be unlawful.

"I've asked the Premier and ministers not to comment particularly on these recordings."

Mr Bleijie said this was not a move motivated by politics but was based on Crown law advice.



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