Call for corruption probe
MEMBER for Burnett Rob Messenger is hoping for “tens of thousands” of signatures on a petition he has launched calling for a royal commission into corruption in Queensland.
With nurse whistleblower Christine Cameron at his side, Mr Messenger said an inquiry into alleged political corruption in the state could be successful because of evidence from disgraced former government minister Gordon Nuttall.
Mr Messenger has tabled in parliament allegations by Mr Nuttall of political corruption in the Labor Party during its time in office.
Supporting Mr Messenger’s call for the inquiry, Mrs Cameron said the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) was not doing its job.
She claimed evidence she gave to the CMC about abuses at Bundaberg Hospital was ignored.
“The CMC doesn’t want to do anything, they just rubber stamp what Queensland Health says,” she said.
A Queensland Health spokesman said Mrs Cameron’s allegations were investigated exhaustively by a number of independent agencies several years ago.
The findings of the investigation were also reviewed by the CMC.
“The continuation of these unsubstantiated allegations about Bundaberg Hospital is eroding staff morale, reducing public confidence in a great facility and impacting on the hospital’s ability to recruit medical staff to the region,” he said.
But Mr Messenger said the overwhelming message he was receiving from Queenslanders was they simply did not believe Mr Nuttall was the only corrupt politician.
He repeated calls for Mr Nuttall to be given indemnity in return for speaking out about corruption in the current and former Labor governments.
In his petition, Mr Messenger claims Mr Nuttall will serve a longer jail sentence than “some murderers and rapists”.
The Burnett MP said the Fitzgerald Inquiry made a good case for giving indemnity to convicted people to uncover corruption.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to clean things up, and it makes sense that Mr Nuttall be afforded the same opportunity,” he said.