Pitt vows to re­coup Nut­tall funds

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

THE Queens­land Gov­ern­ment will take any le­gal ac­tion it can to claw back the state funds that con­trib­uted to cor­rupt for­mer min­is­ter Gor­don Nut­tall’s nest egg.

Trea­surer Curtis Pitt ( pic­tured) is con­sid­er­ing op­tions to re­coup gov­ern­ment su­per con­tri­bu­tions made to Nut­tall, who was granted pa­role this week af­ter six years in prison.

But Mr Pitt has stressed the Gov­ern­ment may not be able to get all t h e m o n e y back bec a u s e time lim­its to pur­sue funds have ex­pired on some of the for­mer min­is­ter’s of­fences.

“We are very keen to en­sure ... that if we can re­coup any money, we will,” Mr Pitt said.

The Trea­surer ac­cused the pre­vi­ous Lib­eral Na­tional gov­ern­ment of sit­ting on its hands over the is­sue.

Health Min­is­ter Cameron Dick went fur­ther, blam­ing for­mer trea­surer Tim Ni­cholls.

He said Mr Ni­cholls was ad­vised by Trea­sury in 2013 to ei­ther take le­gal ac­tion, come to a set­tle­ment or do noth­ing about the con­tri­bu­tions.

“Tim Ni­cholls did noth­ing,” Mr Dick said.

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