The Crime and Misconduct Commission has charged Qld MP Bruce Flegg’s former adviser over claims he made threats and demands after being sacked.
Queensland MP Bruce Flegg’s former media adviser has been charged over alleged demands and threats he made to the government.
The Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) on Monday charged Graeme Hallett with one count of making “demands with menaces upon agencies of government”.
Mr Hallett was sacked on November 12, 2012, by Mr Flegg, who was then the state housing minister.
The following day Mr Hallett held a press conference and claimed his former boss lied to parliament by failing to record the extent of contact his office had with his lobbyist son.
Mr Flegg stood down as housing minister the next day saying it had come to his attention there were “administrative failures” about which he had not previously known.
The CMC alleges that after Mr Hallett was sacked he threatened to release information and make a complaint to police unless he was re-hired in another government role.
Mr Flegg is suing Mr Hallett for defamation.
Mr Hallett will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on July 11.