Former Labor minister Gordon Nuttall
Former Labor minister Gordon Nuttall Anthony Reginato

Gordon Nuttall's release means more Labor pains

DISGRACED former Labor minister Gordon Nuttall was released from prison on Monday after a six-year stint for corruption and perjury.

He was sentenced in 2009 to a maximum 14 years for receiving more than $500,000 in secret commissions.

It is understood Nuttall was released on parole from Palen Creek Correctional Centre, near Brisbane, on the condition he live with his daughter and undergo drug and alcohol testing.

The former Sandgate MP has been banned from attending licensed venues and speaking to media.

Griffith University political expert Dr Paul Williams said Nuttall's release would likely embarrass the current under-fire Labor government.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk government is struggling to keep the balance of power having already lost one MP and with another under investigation.

Cook MP Billy Gordon left the party to become an Independent after his criminal history from the 1980s surfaced.

The LNP is already campaigning in the Labor-held seat of Pumicestone as police investigate allegations against the electorate's MP, Rick Williams.

A series of award winning stories by former Sunshine Coast Daily investigative journalist Carolyn Tucker exposed Gordon Nuttall's dealings.

Her efforts were later acknowledged by former premier Peter Beattie.

- APN NEWSDESK


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